Hey Book Dragons! I hope you had a good start of the week! 🙂 I am on annual leave, so I am planning to read a lot, work on my reading bullet journal for the next year, and just relax. 🙂 On the day nine of 12 Reviews Of Xmas, I have a book review of the book, that has a psychopath’s perspective! I hope you like it!
Thanks a lot to publisher – Aria and NetGalley for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 15 05 2020
Price*: Kindle £2.59 (GBP)/ Paperback £N/A (GBP)
Kindle $3.50 (USD)/ Paperback $N/A (USD)
Pages: ~ 336
My rating: It was ok, but…
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What I learned from this book: that one of my neighbours could potentially be a serial killer. 😀
Description of the book: The police find a young woman’s body in the woods the same week a couple discover a crude, handmade doll in Lyme Park. But are the two findings connected… or a strange coincidence? In a town full of loners and unhappy families, nothing is as it seems…
All Mr Anderson wants is a family. After his elderly mother died, he was almost unbearably lonely. Now it’s time for him to claim his own.
All Jacob wants is for Maggie to love him back. She only has eyes for the Vincent twins – but maybe he can make her see just how much he cares. And everyone is a suspect.
How this book made me feel: The blurb of this book sounds very interesting, that is why I chose this novel to review and I was quite excited. Unfortunately, this book didn’t meet my expectations at all. 😦
There are two main characters in this book, and the book is told from their perspectives. Mr Anderson is a loner, living in a house that everyone is calling a “freak house”, all he wants is his own family, and he is ready to kill for it. Jacob is a teenager, that has lost his mother and is bullied by his stepmother. Jacob has only one friend- Maggie, but after her cousin sister is murdered, he is about to lose her as well. The characters in this book were not my favourite ones, and I found it difficult to connect with them. I liked Mr Anderson’s parts in this novel, I found his thoughts very amusing and very disturbed. The man has a very damaged personality, that is pretty dark and scary. Jacob’s parts in this book were very repetitive and dull, and I found myself skimming the text on many occasions.
The narrative of this book didn’t really have to offer anything. Yes, it discusses important topics, such as bullying, mental illness, loneliness, child abuse etc. But the way it was incorporated just didn’t work for me. The plot kind of plodded along, without any interesting twists or turns, and I didn’t feel any suspense whatsoever. I kept reading in hope of something major to happen, but it never did. 😦
The writing style wasn’t to my liking as well, I feel the book was expanded with the repetitive thoughts about Maggie. The setting of the book felt dark and gloomy, as well as the characters. The chapters have a medium length but Jacob’s parts really dragged to me. The book has some gory details regarding murders, and creepy thoughts of a killer as well. I liked the ending of the book, it did leave me satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, this book was not my cup of tea. I loved the killer, his strangeness and his thoughts, but other than that the characters and the plot felt bleak and boring. Even though it was not for me, you might thoroughly enjoy it, so do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it more than I did.
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Susan Gee is a crime writer from the North West. She was a finalist in the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and The Daily Mail ‘Write a Best Seller’ Competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester University. ‘Kiss Her Goodbye‘ is her first novel. ‘Love Me To Death‘ is out in May 2020. Susan lives in Stockport with her husband and two children.
Twitter:@susangeewriter /Instagram: susangeewriter / Facebook: susangeewriter
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