Thank You very much to the publisher – Penguin Audio for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thrillers
Release date: 31 08 2021
Price*: Kindle £9.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £10.00 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/ Paperback $16.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: I really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: Parenting is everything when it comes to children.
Description of the book: Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous.
Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn’t mean she’s a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace?
Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill.
How this book made me feel: I heard a lot about Paula Hawkins and her books, and I was very keen to see what the fuss was all about. 😀 I just could not miss the chance to listen to this audiobook when I was offered. 🙂 I have to agree, I enjoyed it thoroughly. 🙂
This novel is told from multiple perspectives and I think the main characters in this book are Laura and Carla. Laura is a very damaged woman that suffered a lot not only physically but mentally as well. She is being left on her own, always getting into trouble and making very poor decisions. And I did not like her one bit. Her constant excuse was that “it was not her” and “not her fault”, even when people were trying to help her, she cheated and stole from them. 😦 She is dangerous not only to others but to herself as well. Carla on the other hand was a woman that is well off in life, but she is in constant grief. Carla is full of emotions and restlessness, and behind her well-delivered appearance is a woman that went through a lot. All the characters in this book are damaged, complex and intriguing to read about. I really enjoyed finding out every character’s life story, they all contribute to the narrative a lot, even though at first sight it looks like they are not connected at all.
I really enjoyed learning about the characters throughout this book. There is a lot to uncover, and I liked the way the author included everyone’s perspective to show where they fit in this puzzle of the book. The twists and turns are subtle and I was always keen to find out who actually killed Daniel. Even though we have a police investigation going on, police are kind of working in the background, the characters are the ones driving this novel. There is a very wide variety of topics discussed in this book such as parenting, loneliness, society’s misconception, grief, mental health issues, alcoholism, parental abandonment, murder, fitting into society, abduction, plagiarism and many many more.
I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel, it is dark and very painful at times, but at the same time absorbing and intriguing. The setting of this book is pretty gloomy and full of negativity, but I enjoyed seeing how the author is trying to show different sides of the same character, not only the darkness but the good characteristics as well. I think that Rosamund Pike has done an amazing job in narrating this book, she allowed me to feel the characters and their issues. The chapters seemed pretty short and I just could not stop listening to this book. The ending was quite unexpected but it did leave me satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, I really enjoyed listening to this emotionally challenging, complex novel, filled with characters whose stories were unique, realistic and unbelievable at the same time. The plot had me always guessing and very invested in this story, even though some of the characters were quite annoying. 😀 I thoroughly enjoyed this well-delivered psychological thriller, and I hope you will give it a go as well. 🙂 Enjoy!
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before writing her first book. Paula was born and brought up in Zimbabwe. She moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has sold 23 million copies worldwide. Published in over forty languages, it has been a Number 1 bestseller around the world and was a Number 1 box office hit film starring Emily Blunt.
Website: http://paulahawkinsbooks.com / Instagram: @paulahawkins2010
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