Avon | August 2020 | 380 pgs
Source: NetGalley 

It all started when Jade and Tomas moved into their new house near the river in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Their neighbour, Emma, is an attractive woman who has her own dental practice. She's in a relationship with a divorc√© called Alistair whom she knew on Tinder. When these two couples met over at Tomas's house to get to know one another, Jade is positive that Tomas will cheat on her. Tomas isn't unfaithful, for Jade suffers from paranoia and she is always thinking that Tomas is the kind who would cheat behind her back. Her wild imagination eventually bring out the revengeful streak in her; and using her forensic scientist knowledge (she's now retired) to plan for Emma's downfall, she has unknowingly started a cat-and-mouse game which would inadvertently involve their partners. 

This dark, twisted and twisty psychological thriller was a fast read with its short chapters but I wasn't enamored by the writing style. There are three narratives but they are written in second person format so it seems like each narrator is talking to another character. It's definitely not my favourite style of writing and it was confusing in the beginning but it got better as the story progresses. 

However, as intriguing as the characters and storyline are concerned, what the characters did may seem overly dramatic and implausible in some areas so if you can suspend your disbelief, it is still a readable thriller which will have you at the edge of the seat. 

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6 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    Hmmm. Not sure I'd seek this one out, but I'd probably give it a try if it came my way. I have to admit to being curious about how this could turn out.

  2. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Overall it was an intriguing read but the characters and the style of writing are not to my liking. Still, I think this would appeal to readers who enjoy a fast-paced and a suspenseful read. :)

  3. Lark Says:

    I find I don't enjoy reading about characters like Jade too much. I'll probably pass on this one.

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - I know what you mean about those unlikeable characters like Jade. Sometimes you know their characteristic beforehand, and sometimes you don't. The latter is such a case in this book.

  5. Iliana Says:

    I can see this one being interesting and I think I'd probably check it out. Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Melody Says:

    Iliana - It was a fast read - suspenseful yet it could be unbelievable at times. Still, it was all very entertaining and to see how the story unfolds.

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