Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.
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Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Okay. This book is hard for me to rate because while I did like it, it was much different than I had anticipated when I purchased it. First and foremost, this book is described as a psychological suspense novel. True, it is suspenseful. Readers don't know "who-dun-it" or if there was really anything sinister going on. However, once we get to the end the genre seems... not quite right? For many, this will please you. I sure as hell liked how everything turned out. But, a lot of people are not going to like the ending. I really can't say much more about that otherwise the entire story would be ruined. So just be warned that this roller-coaster of a book is going to turn out much different than you anticipate when going in.
In terms of the story line, I liked it. I liked how the author used a lot of suspense leading up to the truth and then throwing her readers a major curve ball. This was an unexpected surprise that left me feeling satisfied, a little sad, but overall pleased because it's unique. The buildup though is rather dull, and I found that much of the story was pretty depressing. This has to do with the heroine's husbands death and while the subject matter would be depressing for many, it does come off a bit boring. Especially because the entire story is within the heroine's POV and we constantly hear about her feelings, her lack of interest in anything, and so forth.
The characters are well written and make sense for the overall story, but readers will have a hard time connecting until everything comes together. And then BAM. The book is over. This can ultimately leave many feeling dissatisfied. I however, didn't mind it. Although I wish things were a bit brighter and less depressing as a whole.
The ending: I have seen many reviews saying that HATED the ending. For me though, I liked it. It's unique, unexpected, and satisfying. Sure, it becomes a bit rushed towards the end and there are a few loopholes that will amp readers up and then shut them right down, BUT, the atmosphere is perfect.
With that, my rating has fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars so I am going to give it 3.5 stars and round it to 4 because I was engrossed in the story. I would recommend it to those who like twisty psychological novels of suspense, but I am also going to warn readers to expect the unexpected.