* This review does not contain any spoilers*
Publishing Date: August 9th, 2016
Point of View: First-person, dual time-line
Pages: 304 (US paperback)
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
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HOW I WENT IN TO IT
Before I tell you my thoughts, I always like to give you an idea of what I was expecting or hoping for. I went in to it with pretty high expectations, since I had heard so many amazing things about it. My mom even went out of her way to find any B.A. Paris book after she finished this one. That’s a big deal!
This was SO dark and disturbing! It might be kind sad to admit this, but after all the thrillers I’ve read, it’s hard to really make me feel something. This book completely did that for me. Some of the characters and their actions really appalled me. It made me want to go and tell anyone who would listen about how something totally messed up just happened. Yet I don’t think it’s very gory or graphic at all. Major props to B.A. Paris for making it so intense!
I was completely gripped throughout, even though there weren’t very many things kept from the reader. What a page turner! There are definitely some surprises along the way, but it does reveal a lot very early on and from there on out you know most of what’s going on. There’s nothing wrong with books that make you wait to find out whodunnit or books that depend more on the plot twist to make things exciting. However, I do find it refreshing when an author manages to give you so much suspense in different ways.
I really tried my best to find anything that didn’t work, but couldn’t find anything. I started out being super skeptical. A character gets in a situation and I kept trying to think of ways it could be resolved, but it ended up being airtight. The plot as a whole, how everything fit together, worked really nicely in my eye.
Some total badassery from some unexpected characters. I’ll keep it at that. Nice and vague.
This story will stick with me. I’m sure of it. Some elements of this were so intense that I feel like I’ll be able to remember it. In a sea of thrillers, I usually forget the general plot in no time. But I feel like this had something special going for it. It has already been a while since I read it and I can still remember certain parts so vividly.
THE (SEMI) NEGATIVES
No real negatives! The one point that could have been better in my eyes was the ending. It wasn’t bad in any way, I just would have liked something a bit more… impactful? The ending felt a bit more basic than the rest of the book.
It’s a great thriller! Very dark and unlike anything else I’ve read. A total page turner that really surprised me and has stuck with me ever since reading it a few months ago.
RECOMMENDING IT TO YOU
I would totally recommend this if you’re looking for a good, psychological thriller. Especially if you feel like you’ve read a bunch of similar ones, this could be a nice change! I’d maybe stay away from it if you don’t like your thrillers to be disturbing or if you have specific theme’s you don’t want to read about, I would suggest looking up some content warnings on this one.
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