A special thank you goes out to St. Martin’s press and Goodreads for allowing me to read this book early! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
trigger warning: domestic abuse
expected publication: january 9
This book took me on a trip with my feelings and my heart. As a person that normally doesn’t read thriller, I wasn’t sure what I expected. The book itself told me not to make assumptions but of course, I did make assumptions. I assumed I knew what this book was about and I assumed I knew what was going to happen. But I was so wrong.
Just when you thought the twists would stop coming and I could breathe for longer than two seconds. bam! Another reveal. This book was like a puzzle, one of those giant 1,000 piece puzzles, where all the pieces looks the same and you’re trying to figure out to build the border (because that is what you do when you build a puzzle; you start with the border). I felt like I would never truly figure everything out and I wouldn’t find those corner pieces. But in the end, I was able to find the pieces and build that puzzle.
What contributed to making this such an intense thriller was an unreliable narrator. I haven’t had that much experience with an unreliable narrator so this was kind of a new thing for me. I never knew what to believe from Vanessa. She was constantly back and forth with her emotions. But I found that I didn’t mind it. It added to the suspense of what was going to happen to next. I never knew what to truly believe and that made this book all the more spooky and terrifying.
I don’t know what I can even talk about because everything seems like it would be a spoiler. But I will mention the trigger warning for a second. There is domestic abuse and it’s mentioned pretty frequently. It’s something to be careful for as I know that domestic abuse can be triggering.
Other than that, this book was incredible. I never knew what to expect and was constantly surprised by what happened. There were times where I thought I had figured everything out but nope. I was always proven wrong. I highly suggest that everyone pick this book up when it’s released. It is truly a work of art.