by Alice Feeney
In this novel we meet Anna and Jack, a reporter and a detective chief inspector, as they try to solve the murder of one of Anna’s childhood friends. There’s always two sides to every story, and things are rarely as they seem. And as Jack appears to be set up for the murder, and Anna seems to be keeping secrets that may be the key to solving it all, things are heading straight towards disaster.
The above paragraph was perhaps not the greatest way to describe this novel, but in truth, I don’t really know how to share what this book is about without spoiling it. This book will definitely be best going into without too much knowledge because it is a roller-coaster of twists and revelations and unexpected details.
I listened to the audiobook and one of the things that made this book an awesome experience was how one of the two narrators, Richard Armitage, really brought the character of Jack Harper alive. He was an awesome narrator that was so soothing to listen to.
At first I found that the book was progressing a bit slow, it took a while for it to take off, and most of all there was a lot of questions that never was answered in the beginning. The story is told in first person and especially Anna failed to explain herself a lot of the time. This made me feel left out. It’s clear from the start that she’s hiding things, possibly dark things, and that’s not really a problem per se, but it becomes a problem for me when she drags the revelations out too long. Things that feel rather unimportant was brought up in the first chapter, and was referred to all throughout the novel, until finally in at the end was properly explained. A few things being like this, important things, wouldn’t bother me, but when everything is like this it ends up being a bit of a frustrating read. So, if I had I read this instead of listened to it, I would have skimmed large portions, especially at the beginning. But since I listened to it, I didn’t have much choice than to listen to all of it, and even though it was rather slow and frustrating at times, Richard Armitage’s voice kept me there.
That said, the twists and turns and how the author keeps the reader guessing from beginning to the very end is amazing. I’m usually really good at spotting the perpetrator and the upcoming twist before it’s revealed. And by 50% I was sure I knew what was up, so positive in fact that I felt a bit disappointed. I was wrong, and I love that. In this book, everyone looks like a suspect and there’s really no way to tell who’s behind that distorted voice of the killer when they share their side of the story. They could be any of the characters we’ve met, and that’s what makes things so exciting. It’s impossible not to keep reading, you want to know who that person is and why they are doing the things they are.
Alice Feeney has done a great job at placing red herrings, dark pasts and current mistakes into a story where everyone is as unreliable as the next. Are they even telling you the truth, or are they lying to themselves and to the reader? Who knows?
The best thing: the ending. The author really keeps the reader’s attention until the very end, and when she does, it’s everything you’d ever want of a crime novel. All the questions are answered, all the loose ends are tied up, and you are left equally shocked as you are satisfied.
I loved this. So 5/5 stars without question.