An impossible-to-put-down domestic thriller about secrets and revenge, told from the perspectives of a husband and wife who are the most perfect, and the most dangerous, match for each other
Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match.
But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn’t stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.
What follows is an unpredictable and stylish game of cat and mouse—a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final twist and make you wonder how well you really know your spouse.
I had a hard time rating this one. On the one hand, the story has great potential with its unreliable narrators and overall sinister feel. There's also a terrific twist late in the book that is really kind of perfect for these characters. On the other hand, the rapid-fire jumps in both timeline and point of view along with several plot holes made for more convolution than continuity. Then we have the characters who take flawed to a whole new level. Other than the detectives, who are actually rather boring, there's not a likable character in the bunch. That, in itself, wouldn't bother me except there's not a redeeming quality in the bunch, not one thing to make me want something for a single character. The story is a combination of domestic thriller and procedural, although the detectives seem more lucky than good, and it covers a variety of tropes in the thriller genre. We get a mix of obsession, greed, revenge, addiction, prevarication, infidelity - I'm sure I'm leaving something out, but my point is that it all felt like the authors were trying a little too hard to get something original and ended up going over the top with it. In the end, I did finish the book, and that big twist toward the end did go a long way toward saving this one for me, but the journey was just a bit too jumbled for the heart-racing thriller I was hoping to find.
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