This thriller will make you want to check the locks on your door, a couple extra times, and then check your windows and then your knife drawers.
My friend Alyson recommended this book to me, and I happily took it on because her recommendations are always on point. This is the woman who studied literature with me in college and when she likes a book she reads all the books ever written by that author. She goes deep.
So I had great expectations.
I’ve also grown more accustomed to reading on Kindle. Once a traditionalist about paperbacks, I’m growing more open minded during my one year of travel. It is much easier to pull a book open on your phone when you’re stuck in line or trapped in the subway. It’s great for packing light during travel. And it’s just the slightest bit lighter on the shoulder bag day to day. But once I settle down into a place with a home and a routine, I’ll have to decide what I want to do. WHAT I STAND FOR on this most pressing and urgent debate of our generation - paperback or kindle?
Well, the book was great fun, as expected. One thing I enjoyed was the insight into conditions - ptsd, anxiety, ocd - that I've never read about. This character who suffered from all these felt so real and convincing that I was engaged the entire time. The other thing I enjoyed most about this book was it's unique structure. The book alternated chapters between the past when the protagonist suffered from the consequences of abuse, to several years earlier, when she was a totally normal, carefree girl in her mid twenties entering into a relationship with the man who would manipulate and destroy her psyche. I like how the book shows how incredibly normal she was, and how a confident, independent, fun young woman can be caught in a trap. It's not just the weak and easily victimized who become victims, and I like how this book makes this point.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was it's ending. How can a book so completely fall flat in a few pages? I've heard most of King's suspense novels are like this - with bad, quick, ridiculous endings that leave his readers wondering - WTF? This must be what it feels like. The ending wrapped everything up in a nice little bow, and after a few hundred pages of suspense and psychological inquiry, the climax - the confrontation we've been waiting for for so long - is so convenient and quick and easy. Maybe that's part of the point. To emphasize how much of the buildup is psychological, mental. But still - it certainly was not satisfying. Still, for all the pages before the final few, I'd recommend it whole heartedly.