𝑰𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒂𝒔 𝒊𝒇 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒐𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆, 𝒆𝒅𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒌𝒚.
The last 100 pages or so are the only reason for this rating. I think it would be lower if not for the end. It was very slow to get to any action or suspense, and felt rather repetitive. The characters were just frustrating – they’re my age, but I could not identify or connect with them at all. They were just bitchy and otherwise one dimensional. I saw the perpetrator a mile away, even if I wasn’t quite sure what they’d be guilty of until closer to it happening.
I enjoyed the structure of the story, with a flitting between the story leading up to the event, and fragments after the event as Nora, Lee, Leo, or whatever she wants to go by, tries to piece together what happened while the police are looking nearby. I also loved the British setting, but possibly as I don’t read many books set here.
All in all a quick and easy read, but not something that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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