* This review does not contain any spoilers*
Anna Andrews finally has what she wants. Almost. She’s worked hard to become the main TV presenter of the BBC’s lunchtime news, putting work before friends, family, and her now ex-husband. So, when someone threatens to take her dream job away, she’ll do almost anything to keep it.
When asked to cover a murder in Blackdown―the sleepy countryside village where she grew up―Anna is reluctant to go. But when the victim turns out to be one of her childhood friends, she can’t leave. It soon becomes clear that Anna isn’t just covering the story, she’s at the heart of it.
DCI Jack Harper left London for a reason, but never thought he’d end up working in a place like Blackdown. When the body of a young woman is discovered, Jack decides not to tell anyone that he knew the victim, until he begins to realise he is a suspect in his own murder investigation.
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- First person point of view.
- Three different perspectives: His, hers and the killer. Anna, the newscaster tasked to cover a murder and Jack, the detective on the case. The killers’ chapters are fairly short, sprinkled throughout, while most of the story is told from the other perspectives. In the audiobook includes voice distortion for the killers’ chapters.
- Flashbacks to childhood.
- Flawed/unlikable characters. I would say these main characters are not more or less flawed than your average mystery thriller characters. You might be able to root for them, but there is about an equal chance you will want to yell at them at some point. It does have quite a lot of unlikable side characters too.
- A small-town setting. Anna has to return to her home town in order to cover a news story on this murder, while Jack lives in this town.
- Dark themes. This is one of those thrillers I would definitely look up content warnings for if you need them. Some of it described quite vividly and could definitely be triggering. I have also seen a few readers call a specific part of the book excessive/unnecessary.
- A gruesome crime scene. Descriptions are not incredibly gory, but the imagery is pretty disturbing nonetheless.
- Lots of misdirection. It will likely have you suspect most characters at some point and keep you questioning until the end.
First of all, I loved the audiobook. Every time a chapter from the killers perspective started, I would physically jump at the sound of the distorted voice. SO CREEPY! It really added something and made me feel sort of on edge the entire time. The book also kept me guessing. Several times I was convinced I knew whodunnit. I was even annoyed with the author for making it so glaringly obvious. But then I was wrong… and wrong again… and wrong again… Until I had to face the fact that I actually had no idea what was going on. I personally also liked that it was quite dark and really… you know… WENT THERE. At some points I was questioning what was going on, how things tied together or how a character was able to come to a realize something important. I wasn’t completely convinced by the final reveal and had to spend some trying to make it make sense. BUT I definitely did not see it coming.
The verdict: It’s a win for me!
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