My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hmm what to say about this book? Honestly, I had kind of a hard time with it. The book started with a BANG, the brutal murder of a man right in front of his wife. And to everybody’s surprise, the perpetrator walks into the police station and confesses. But why? Why did he do it? Why did he confess? So many questions needing an answer.
Unfortunately, I felt like despite the great start, as the book progressed it was a little lackluster and forgettable. Many of the decisions made by the main characters weren’t entirely believable and I had a really hard time believing that the police couldn’t make some of the connections that eventually were revealed at the end. Seems like it would be basic police work.
Let me also say, I’m frankly sick of thrillers about women who lack a backbone and allow their husbands/boyfriends/fiances to walk all over them. It’s infuriating that this is the norm in thrillers now. Can we get a strong female presence for the love of all that is holy? It’s so annoying to read about a woman who is treated like complete and utter garbage, but continues to stay with her piece of garbage significant other and justify his horrific behavior. It seems like more and more thrillers exploit this dynamic and it’s been beaten to death.
Overall, I thought the book was okay. There wasn’t a point where I said, “Ok, I can’t read this anymore. I need to stop.” It was enjoyable in the moment but ultimately it won’t stand out for me when I reflect back on some of the other amazing books I’ve read this year. That being said, please don’t take my word for it. There are plenty of other very positive reviews for this book so perhaps I’m an outlier. Check it out for yourself!
-This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Jo Spain, and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to review.-