* This review does not contain any spoilers*
Publishing Date: March 26th, 2019
Point of View: Single first-person
Pages: 400 (US paperback)
Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.
We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.
We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.
Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.
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HOW I WENT INTO IT
I didn’t know much about it, it mainly just captured my interest with the synopsis, and I had been wanting to pick it up for a while.
The premise. I have to mention it, don’t I? There’s always something different about thrillers where you’re following the perspective of the murderers, instead of someone being hunted down by one or someone trying to catch one.
The characters. The characters are very unlikable and … complicated? It was interesting to read about the tension between the couple and about the double life they live. They’re a certain way around their children, the family setting, and completely different outside of that. I also appreciated that the author made the two children have pretty distinct personalities.
It’s interesting despite you knowing a lot of what’s going on. I think in general this is more thriller than mystery. There are definitely surprises, but most of the story you know most of what’s going on. I always think it takes a special kind of talent to make a story interesting when you already know who dunnit.
I liked where it went in the end. I can’t say much of course but things took a turn and I appreciated where it ended up going. This is completely subjective of course but I think it did some interesting things I haven’t necessarily seen very often.
We never know the name of the character we follow for 400 pages. This detail might be a bit random, but I think it’s so interesting. How did Samantha Downing manage to write this entire book and not reveal the main character’s true identity? I think it’s impressive.
THE (SEMI) NEGATIVES
Some choices that were made in the narrative style didn’t make it the most fast-paced thriller. In the beginning, I was completely captured by the premise and meeting these characters, but then I think it lost steam for a while. We spend all of our time with the main guy, a lot of it in his mind, thinking about his wife or recalling past experiences. It was definitely still interesting, but not as fast-paced as I was hoping for. I did not feel like I absolutely HAD to keep reading for a big portion of the book. However it did pick up in the last third, there was a lot more going on. I read that part in one sitting because I just HAD to know where it was going.
PS: It’s not very gory. I never know where to put this because this can be either negative or positive depending on your preference, but for a book about a murderous couple, this didn’t have much gore at all.
This was a fun thriller. I liked the premise, the characters, and how it ended up playing out, though it did take some time to really get going. I will definitely be picking up Samantha Downing’s new book!
RECOMMENDING IT TO YOU
I would recommend this to most people looking for a thriller. Maybe not if you have a problem with spending a lot of time in the mind or if you don’t like thrillers where you know who dunnit. But otherwise, I would highly recommend it. It’s also not very gory (which can be either a positive or a negative).
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