Well written, intriguing book with a surprising ending.
What an ending!
Easy read. Good twist at the end.
Not as good as the author's first book but still a good read. I figured out the ending 3/4 of the way through, nevertheless, the book held me to the end.
This was my first introduction to this author. I loved the book. I've not read her other books so I'm not able to make comparisons but this book kept me thoroughly engaged. It was written from the perspective of four individuals with one of them written in first person. I didn't find it confusing when she was flipping back and forth between the characters. There is quite a twist at the end. I will definitely read more books by Fiona Barton.
I loved The Widow, but found this book incredibly dull, plodding and boring. I figured out the mystery early on so flicked through the rest of the book to see if I was right. (I was). The characters were flat and unlikable. Disappointingly tedious.
Well written, suspenseful book. A twist at the end that brought the novel to a satisfying conclusion.
What I liked:
1. The plot was a good idea.
2. The timing and flow were good.
3. Characterization was good.
What I didn't like:
1. Four alternating narrators, one of whom spoke in first person. This "use of first person for no good reason" trend has to stop! Especially when multiple narrators are used! To make matters worse, the first person speaker isn't even the main character and only rarely appears for the first half of the book. Makes you wonder why *she's* the special choice to speak in first person. Which brings me to...
2. I figured out the mystery halfway through the book. If you pay attention, you'll realize that the author/characters consistently misstate part of the timeline. Rounding error, you could call it. Once you realize that, the rest is easy to figure out.
I still enjoyed reading the second half to see that I was right - but there wasn't really any suspense.
I would have given this more stars if it weren't for the annoying narrative choice.
Well crafted complicated plot; main character, reporter Kate Waters, admirable and likeable. Excellent psychological thriller.
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