Genre: Thriller / Mystery
Recommended by: Reese’s Book Club, Hello Sunshine
Review: Emily meets the adorable, charming Adam at a hotel bar and they hit it off almost immediately. Their love affair is all kinds of cute until Emily meets his mother, Pammie. Pammie is a stage 5 clingy mom who does everything in her power to split the two apart. Pammie wants Emily gone forever.
Full honesty? I think I am going to have to pause Hello Sunshine’s recommendation for a bit. This is the third novel I have read based on their picks and I am just exhausted. Of the 3, only one,
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, received a 5 star rating. The Light We Lost was a 1 star rating. As for this novel? I don’t even know how to rate it. I keep contemplating it. Is it a 3 star? Is it a 4 star? I guess you can just say 3.5 but really….it could be more than that.
If I based the rating on the writing alone with consideration that this is the author’s debut, the author should get a 4 star review. There is many twists and turns that will give readers metaphorical whiplash. I feel as if the author intentionally wants to have the reader scream at the characters, especially the heroine, the entire time. And the novel will keep your attention. It is addicting.
If I base it off of the plot only, I give it a 3. The plot was a little predictable at times. I didn’t necessarily enjoy Emily’s idiocy. I also didn’t enjoy one of the subplots that I can not discuss without spoilers (If you read it, come back to tell me and we can discuss said subplot). And I wanted more than what the ending and epilogue gave. It falls flat.
I can’t really give too much detail or even my normal loves / hates with this review without running the risk of spoiling it. You really just need to read it.
Recommendation: If you like solid thrillers that are addictive, read it! If not, go ahead and pass on this one.