My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ok. So. This is a thriller with a very dark side. It seems weird to say that I liked something like this but I can objectively say this was a good book. Great, even.
But it’s dark. So dark.
I’m trying to be deliberately vague, because this is the kind of book which will keep you reading and guessing and I don’t want to spoil it for anybody. But suffice it to say that if you are not a fan of books that may contain very serious scenes and topics this is not for you. But the description should tell you that this is going to be fairly dark book, so they do warn you, in a sense.
That’s really the reason why I gave it four stars instead of five. I felt slightly, I don’t know what to call it, chilled (?) after reading this book. Like I needed to go look at pictures of puppies or something. But the book was good, very good in fact.
It centers around a woman named Paige, who loses both her only child and her husband (her daughter was murdered 10 years prior to the novel while her husband committed suicide in two months prior). She has become a shell of herself, addicted to both pills and alcohol, and disappointing the only people left in her life: her father, brother, and in-laws. But even she thinks she has enough of the grip to realize that some weird things that begin happening are not her fault. It’s a great unreliable narrator situation because she obviously isn’t capable of making good choices, and she does do some awful things.
Plus the description should tell you that there is someone sinister watching her. So the main mystery is who and why. First half of the novel deals with the “who,” and the second-half deals with the ramifications of that revelation.
Again I don’t want to say too much it really is a good story. It kept me reading until the end, and I finished the book in two days.
Jordan obviously has a gift for storytelling, and I would certainly pick up other works of his. His characters are compelling and he kept me interested from the first until the very last page.