Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Date: February 27, 2018
In Two Sentences:
Alison moved to St. John’s for college and fell head over heals for Will, who confesses to the murders of five students. Ten years later, while he’s still in jail, the murders start happening again.
This book was kind of a let down. When I saw it on NetGalley my first thought was: That’s different, that sounds like a page-turner. The first half took me so long to get through and the second half I read a bit faster… because I was sick and was taking it easy.
I’ll start with a positive. I loved Liz, Alison and Sal. They were all so believable. They weren’t perfect, but they also weren’t overly annoying and idiotic like so many characters in thrillers are. They actually cared about their well-being and didn’t just run straight into danger. It was refreshing to not be constantly screaming at the characters “don’t do that! Turn around!”
The premise was interesting as well. They think they caught the killer, a false sense of security and then BAM! They kill again. This is the real interesting part, as well as the motives behind the killings.
Unfortunately, that was where the good things stopped. It was enough to keep me reading, but not enough for me to daydream about the book while I was doing other things.
First, there were some things that just seemed strange. Like the fact that I was 87% of the way through the book before I found out the main character had glasses. Did she sleep in them? Did they not get in the way when she hugged people? So many other chances to mention it and I know it’s a nit-picky thing but it really bothered me.
Honestly, it just wasn’t twisty enough. There were twists and although I didn’t guess them all I wasn’t surprised by them either. It was more of a “that makes sense” feeling. I never felt like I was on the edge of my chair waiting to see what happened. I just didn’t have that much of a connection with Will to care if he got out or not.
The perspectives were strange. I was getting major vibes of YOU. The majority of the book is told in third person, but every once in a while it slipped into a third person but through the eyes of a specific character. I really enjoyed those parts because I was wondering who it was and what was going to happen and I was more shocked at the end of those sections. I did get a bit confused when the shifts to the murderer’s point of view came.
I was provided an advance e-arc of this book by Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley in consideration for a review. This in no way changed how I thought about this book.