Good morning bookworms! I’ve got a new book review for a recent release. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a finished copy in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warnings: death of a parent, body shaming. I’ve seen this advertised as a thriller, but it’s not in my opinion. I’d say it’s a mystery. There is nothing scary, no murders, no gore. Just three people wrapped up in a mystery.
This one gets 3.5 stars or 7/10 from me. I liked it, it threw me for a loop with a good twist, but there were some things I didn’t like. The description of the book on the dust jacket lays it out really clearly what’s going to happen, almost gave too much away.
The story is told from 3 perspectives. Skye Starling is in her late twenties and has OCD. She started having compulsions when her mother died when she was 11. She has struggled with romantic relationships for a long time but then she meets Burke, he’s older and more mature and doesn’t seem at all bothered by her OCD. They very quickly fall in love and get engaged.
We also get Burke’s perspective, in letters he is writing to his therapist. He writes about meeting Skye while he’s away on a business trip one weekend, and how he is going to keep this secret affair from his wife and kids.
The third perspective is from 30 years in the past, a young woman named Heather who is trying to turn her life around. She begins babysitting for a local family and idolizes the mother of the two kids. They become friends and she encourages Heather to dump her bad boy boyfriend Burke and make a better life for herself.
Overall the story was great, I liked how it all weaved together. There was a great twist and I enjoyed the turn around at the end. However, this book contains a lot of body shaming. The main character is portrayed in the beginning as curvy and constantly refers to her best friend as ‘too skinny’. But then she gets sick and loses 15 lbs and spends the rest of the book talking about how now she is pretty, and her friends are all of the sudden saying she has a beautiful body. So I didn’t appreciate all that. There shouldn’t have been shaming of the skinny friend because she was thinner than the curvy friend. And there shouldn’t have been shaming of the curvy friend, saying she looked better after being sick. And it’s not like this was mentioned a few times. It was very frequent. All the women in this book were praised or shamed for their bodies. Major eye roll and cringe.
Anyways, if you like a good mystery and a quick read, you should check this one out.