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When my friend asked me about this book, I wasn't sure how to respond. It took a long time to get interesting... however I did end up loving the women in the story. As far as it being a thriller.... ehhhhhh. Not so much. More like a relaxing read with a tiny twist.
I'm a thriller fanatic.. so I'm a little picky.
I feel so bad whenever I dislike a book (which is strange, because neither the book nor the author will never know nor really care), but this book not only took me FOREVER to get through, but there wasn't much payoff at the end. It was a standard domestic thriller except that it lacked any thrills at all. I wasn't excited, I wasn't surprised, and I just didn't have a lot of fun. Objectively it was well written, but could have used a LOT of editing.
So I'm a little over halfway in the book (page 170) and to my dismay, I feel like the plot hasn't moved in the slightest. All of the women are still in the same situation of going back and forth wondering if Kristen is okay, Izzy is still bemoaning her lost opportunity with Josh, and Paul is still just a suspicious background character. I'm growing increasingly bored with this book and I don't really care for any of the characters either. Is it worth finishing? Because this is my first BOTM where the reading experience has been comparable to reading a textbook; boring, but you force yourself to do it anyway.
I have to say that the writer did well at setting the scenes and characterizing the characters. I enjoyed the great care she put into each chapter.
But! The book dragged on for a while because I could tell from the beginning where it was heading. Finally, when I made it past more than 300 pages, there was a twist about six pages to the end. However, the twist wasn't super impactful. It was kind of an afterthought to the whole storyline. I wish that the book would have hinted at the twist and showed how (spoiler) Clara was battling with Kristen being gone. She seemed only like a nosy neighbor and not someone who's had to keep a life or death secret. I also wish that it wasn't so obvious that (spoiler) Kristen left on her own because of domestic abuse.
The ending of this book was amazing, but I found it a struggle to get through it! Kind of glad it’s over! If you’re into a book where you know a lot of different characters back-stories- then this is for you! I found it kind of confusing to keep track of everyone.
The only thing I really enjoyed in this one was the twist at the end with Clara knowing what happened. She pulled it off during the entire book and looked completely surprised. However, the rest of it really fell flat I'm afraid. I feel like it just kept going over the same aspects again and again. I was bummed with the Izzy character as she was so hung up on her "friend" because she never told him how she felt AND she stupidly fell for the pshycopath husband under suspicion of killing his wife?! Like why?! And the cop, the poor cop that asked her out...and she said no. So frustrating. Most of the other characters were Meh. And their stories weren't told to enough extent to feel involved or they just kind of tapered off and we have no conclusion. Disappointed with this one, I was looking forward to a good mystery read.
The twist at the end of this book was so Big Little Lies I found myself feeling happy, empowered and thankful for the strong female friendships in my life. Did anyone see the (spoiler alert!) Clara plot twist coming? Did anyone think Paul was innocent? I think the occasional asides made it pretty clear he wasn't, but the final confrontation left me looking out my own windows suspiciously with a pounding heart. Such a fun, fast read!
I did like the book however follow my last two BOTM thriller selections, it was a bit anticlimactic....... until the very end. It was a tad predictable to me. Worth reading though. Once. This is a book I would loan out and not be sad if the person never returned it.......
i usually don't like mysteries but i wish i were still reading this book
Im not really enjoying this book so far, seems the same as every other thriller and for some reason Im finding it difficult to keep track of everyone. Is it worth finishing?