by Alafair Burke
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I feel like I need to give a disclaimer about my rating. The 2 stars is because I personally didn’t like the book, but that is just my opinion. I don’t think there was anything wrong with the book in general, I just didn’t like it. It is a psychological thriller / mystery / suspense novel, and I don’t particularly like any of those genres. If you love books like that then you might like this one. The only reason I read it at all was because it was my June bookclub book.
Even though I feel kind of bad for giving it two stars, I still wanted to write a review.
This was a tough book to read because it dealt heavily in rape allegations and cheating. If these are triggers for you then I would absolutely recommend you skip this book. I cried a lot while reading this and some of the stuff hit a little too close to home. Basically there are four different “types” of rape that happen in this story ranging from spousal rape to kidnappings. There is a lot of other messed up stuff in the story too, but I don’t want to go into details because of spoilers.
On a positive note I thought the author did a great job with all the twists and turns and keeping the reader on their toes. You could never quite tell what was happening and who to believe. You were left guessing right up until the end, when it all became clear. Also I liked the idea of seeing the story through the Wife’s point of view. (As opposed to the Victim, the Accused, or the Detective’s points of view)
Even though the ending answered all the mysteries, it was still left open. I like complete closure in my endings, so I didn’t like how the book ended. Some of the ladies at bookclub thought that it was left open for a sequel but I felt like it was more of a physiological thing to leave it open. It leaves you thinking about the “what ifs?”
Personally I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, but the majority of the ladies in bookclub liked it, so I might not be the best person to judge it.