Right away, I have to say that I’m about done with books that are describes as ‘for fans of Gone Girl’ – yeah Gone Girl was a good book, I enjoyed it a lot. However, not every book that has a marriage in it (most) or have secrets (obviously) or have a twist (why else are we reading it?) are ‘like Gone Girl’. Let’s just all take the Gone Girl mania down a notch, shall we? Anywho, this is another one that is billed that way – although they also throw in The Girl on the Train as a comparator because, why not. Ugh. I assume these decisions were not Fiona Barton’s to make, so I am not holding it against her.
Okay, so yes, it’s about a shitty marriage, a possible hideous crime, a wife that might know more than she seems, another flavor of evil man, an accident which might be murder, sure. It’s all in there like a popular novel bingo game and it mostly works. Fiona Barton has messed with the timeline a bit, which is pretty entertaining and it kept me going even though I was a little bit bored. The problem, and there are a few, that I had with this book is how little I liked anyone in the story. Like, anyone. I like to root for someone and that wasn’t easy, but I settled on the police detective. His character was well flushed out, heroic but very human and he at least had measured responses that were relatable. I would read a book with him as a protagonist.
So, I’m not going to go too far into the plot, because honestly the Amazon description gives you 90% of it. I’ll just say that I read it quickly, it kept my interest and I’ve already forgotten most of it.
Grade – B-