This is one of those books that I saw a lot of in 2017. It seemed like it was always accompanied with The Woman in Cabin 10… like seriously, I always saw these two books together! Anyways, I prefer paperbacks over hardcovers and so I waited awhile to get my hands on this one. Barnes and Noble recently had a sale going on so I snagged it up! I was very excited to start this book but I ended up being very disappointed.
0/20 There are 9 characters that I can think of and not a single one was interesting. Seriously, they were all boring and very flat. I will give the author credit for trying to give the two main characters some depth and dark secrets but it just didn’t work. I didn’t like any of the characters and because of that it was very difficult for me to have an interest in the story.
Writing Style & Flow
10/20 I like how the author writes but the flow of the story did not work very well. I hated that this was in third person and I truly believe that the book would have worked a lot better if it had been in first person perspective with alternating character POVs for each chapter. The writing itself was okay although in chapter 31 in the fifth paragraph well…we get this gem… and yes, I’m being sarcastic.
*MAJOR SPOILERS* Highlight with cursor to read.
He must have rearranged for someone, for the dead man, to be waiting in his car in the garage at twelve thirty…… He planned it. With this man who is now dead…. (few sentences later) *CHARACTER* abducted their baby, with this other man, who is now dead.
5/20 The tagline on the front cover is 100% lame. “It all started at a dinner party” made me giggle when I read it. And cringe. I actually had not read the back cover of this so I did not know what the book was going to be about but it is about a baby being kidnapped from a couple’s home while they are away. The whole concept of a child being kidnapped is legit terrifying so I was actually really intrigued, drawn in and spooked in the first chapter when all of this was unfolding. Sadly, that was about the only time I was intrigued. I give it 5 points because the story itself is a good idea, it was just poorly executed in my opinion and the entire thing left me very underwhelmed.
5/20 One word describes the ending: weak. I actually figured out who dunnit towards the beginning of the book and half way through the novel the author reveals to you who did it (and I was right!) but because it’s so soon and there is still 50% left of the book she tries to write a twist to shock you… which is sort of a twist but it was so lame and cheap. It didn’t make me *gasp* so I count it as a fail. I didn’t feel anything when reading this except annoyance. Yes in chapter 1 I was very intrigued and scared because hellooo a child being kidnapped is scary!! Sigh. This could have and should have been a great, suspenseful read but *throws up hands* …it just wasn’t!
Would I recommend this book? No 0/10
Would I re-read this book? No 0/10
Overall Rating: 20/100 (1 out of 5 stars)
I would not recommend this book. I also did not like The Woman in Cabin 10 so I find it very interesting that the two books I constantly saw paired up together turned out to be two of my lowest rated books on Goodreads. Even though I didn’t like this one I will definitely be getting another book by Shari Lapena (The Stranger in the House) so I hope I enjoy that one more!