My rating: 4 of 5 stars
WThis book has some mixed reviews on Goodreads. But I have to say, for me, it was a solid, excellent read that kept me gripped from the beginning.
A dark, stormy atmosphere pervades the book and just adds to the mystery and tense feeling to it. I loved it.
The main mystery of the book is the disappearance of two young people, a newly-pregnant couple, who were returning to town to visit his ailing mother. They were caught in a huge storm and disappeared into the woods. As his last case, DCI Jack Russell looks into the case, but finds its much more complicated than it seemed at first.
I loved that it switched between all the various viewpoints because it gives the reader a chance to understand the motivations and mindsets of each of the characters, which were each complicated and intense. The writing is incredible, really allowing you to feel what the characters were feeling – like Alice, who has dementia. You could feel her confusion and frustration very clearly.
There are also several surprises throughout the book – a couple times I actually gasped out loud. They were pretty juicy.
I hope the author is working on a follow-up because there were some loose ends that I hope to see through. I would absolutely read that!