INTRO: I’ve been hunting for books by this author for awhile now. As some of you may know, I thrive on an unhealthy diet of dark, psychological thrillers – the darker, the twistier, all the better. I look forward to having my mind blown, spun, and slid into the deep abysses. I look forward to a book which tells me all of the things which I shudder at even daring to think about. According to goodreads (cliched, yes I know), C.L. Taylor was one of the top selections – though I think ‘The Accident’ was the top pick (sadly I couldn’t find it).
BRIEF without spoilers: Jane Hudges has a loving partner and a animal caretaker job she enjoys working at. However, that wasn’t the case 5 years ago. Five years ago her real name was Emma, and she went on a holiday to Nepal with 3 of her friends – Daisy, Leanne and Al. They went on a Nepalese retreat in the mountains. That was when everything went wrong and secrets between their picture-perfect friendship started to unravel. Things start to get bad to worse. This story tells us what happened.
NARRATIVE STYLE: Alternating flashbacks between the present forward-moving and past forward-moving. Segregated by chapters, no surprises there.
WRITING is easy to read, fast paced. Minimal bombastic words. Rather the page-turner.
MY TWO CENTS’ WORTH: The first 3/4 of the book hooked me in, line, sinker and all. It was darn exciting and the turn of events quickly got very dark. I experienced the telltale signs of a good thriller – the “I better continue reading this in the morning” spine-chilling feeling. There were moments when I went Oh Shit… and the chapter cliffhanged, continuing with the flashback 5 years ago/later. I do take some issue with the last 1/4 of the book though. It is rather odd as MOST books will start slow but have a great later half – this book defies that generalization. So anyway, at the last 1/4 portion, too many characters got involved (of which some I’ve already forgotten who they are as they didn’t seem significant earlier) and events started seeming a tad too fantastic. If a similar situation had occurred, it seems that a logical person would have made different choices, and much earlier at that.
Having said all that, I did enjoy this book for the most part. Though I was kinda expecting more at the end , like something which would change my whole perspective on what I’ve just read ( I think about Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes at this point. Review here. Go read it if you haven’t. )
Rating: 4.5/5 (hooks you in at the beginning and start devouring you quickly, almost finishes satisfying you but stops short of doing that fully 🙂 )