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Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
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Rock Paper Scissors

by Alice Feeney

Quick take

When a remote anniversary getaway turns eerie, a couple learns if their marriage can bear the weight of their secrets.

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    Fast read

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    Unreliable narrator

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    Marriage issues

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    Writer's life

Why I love it

Megan Miranda
Author, The Girl from Widow Hills

Suspense is always my go-to genre—I love the fast-pace, the puzzle-solving aspect, the mysteries hidden inside the story, and also the mysteries hidden inside other people. And wow does Rock Paper Scissors take all of these elements to a whole new level. This is an absolutely propulsive read, brimming with atmosphere and full of surprises.

This is the story of Adam and Amelia Wright, a married couple on the brink. Adam, a successful screenwriter, lives with face blindness and cannot recognize those around him. When Amelia wins a weekend getaway to the Scottish Highlands, what begins as a potential romantic weekend to save their marriage instead kicks off an eerie, unsettling sequence of events. Told in multiple points of view, each narrator has a different plan for the weekend, and neither fully trusts the other. The location only increases the suspense: a rumored-to-be haunted, converted chapel in the middle of nowhere, isolated and cut off by an incoming snowstorm. Even reading in the heat of summer, you can feel the cold seeping in, along with a steadily growing dread, as you come to realize the Wrights are not alone....

Rock Paper Scissors is a tense, chilling thriller told both over the course of one unsettling weekend, and also through ten years of anniversary letters interspersed throughout the chapters. With a gothic, atmospheric setting, dueling points of view, and gasp-worthy surprises, this is the type of one-sitting read that will have readers turning pages deep into the night.

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Synopsis

Think you know the person you married? Think again…

Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts—paper, cotton, pottery, tin—and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of Rock Paper Scissors.

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  • Devon, PA

    Wow! I’ve read so many thrillers that I almost always see the plot twist, but this one got me. Really creative. I loved the build up and the way the characters and story all tied together. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Boston, MA

    Best book I’ve read in a while! There’s a big twist at the end and I couldn’t put this one down. I’ll likely reread this one, which doesn’t happen often. It’s mystery, suspense, love, horror-everythin

  • Marathon, WI

    The ending, the ending! The characters were developed into my “friends” and I was pleasantly surprised/shocked by all the layers that unfolded. It’s the first book I’ve read by her, but not the last.

  • Maumelle, AR

    Twists and turns galore! This story takes off in the first few pages and holds on until the very last page. The final twist made my jaw literally drop. I did NOT see it coming! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Walhalla, SC

    I’ve read enough thrillers to “almost always” know whats to come…but apparently not as many as I needed to predict this bombshell by Alice Feeney! I am stunned by every twist & turn she took me down!

  • El Sobrante, CA

    I’m in between like and love on this. I didn’t love the writing style & felt like the majority of the book was pretty slow. But then the end… BAM BAM BAM with twists that I didn’t see coming at all!

  • Washington, DC

    I’ve loved Alice Feeney’s novels, especially His and Hers. Rock Paper Scissors is another great novel from her - very atmospheric and creepy, though a little predictable if you’ve read her other books

  • New Port Richey, FL

    I love when I’m reading, going along like, Yeah, I’ve got this, then suddenly a figurative hand reaches out from the pages and slaps me, hard, saying, Nope, you didn’t even come close to getting it.

  • Mingo Junction , OH

    This book was so good! I didn’t see the ending until I was reading it! I couldn’t stop reading it! It was filled with suspense and mystery for sure! I really did enjoy reading it and love the author!

  • Missoula, MT

    So this story was a little slow moving at first. I was trying to figure out what was going on but then the twists & turns revealed themselves. I didn’t see it coming.I’m going to have to read it again

  • Fayetteville , NC

    Holy!! I did not see it coming. I was bopping through that book so fast cause I couldn’t put it down and then !!!flipping plot twist!!! Feeney’s writing has you living this tale along with them. Love!

  • Parker, CO

    Loved this book!! My poor family was ignored for an entire day while I read this book front to back in one sitting because I could not put it down! Two of my friends have already enjoyed it as well ❤️

  • Bryant , AL

    I couldn’t put this book down! Every time I thought I had the twist pegged, it turned out to be a red herring. I can’t wait to read more by this author. This is a perfect thriller for a fall weekend!

  • Deer Park, WA

    Here’s the deal: my husband is gone. I’m alone. In the country. In the winter. This book is scary. I like the characters. I like the dog. I like the different perspectives the story is told through.

  • Lakewood, CO

    Really exceeded my expectations. I tend to find “domestic thrillers” boring, but this was so twisted and well done. The details were impeccable—misleading but they hold up in hindsight. Excellent.

  • Sac City , IA

    Words cannot express how much I loved this book! A page turner from the get go, I devoured this book, unable to put it down. So good from start to the very last page with an ending you’ll never expect

  • Union, KY

    Loved this book! It’s very confusing in the beginning because as the reader you don’t know who to trust! Alice Feeney does an awesome job of bringing it all together with a shocking ending! AMAZING!

  • Moraga, CA

    A fast paced, quick reading thriller set in the creepiest of places made this a book I couldn’t put down. The anniversary trip of Mr. And Mrs. Wright is anything but right; just like their marriage.

  • Springfield, MO

    This started out as a very slow burn thriller, even losing me a little in the middle. But then it absolutely BLEW MY MIND by the end ???? I already want to read it again and look for the clues I missed!

  • Marlton, NJ

    Oh it was so creepy! I thought I had the twist figured out but OH MAN I was not expecting THAT! Pretty sure I gasped out loud. Great story but now I need to read a romance so I don’t have nightmares!

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