Published by Simon & Schuster on June 28th 2016
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One really needs to pay attention while reading this book. This book is told in reverse chronological order ranging from day 15 to day 1. This is a very unique way of telling the story and it took some time for me to get used to this technique. Initially I did not care for the storytelling told in reverse. It took some time for me to adjust to this way of telling a story.
Nicolette (Nic) returns to her rural hometown after being gone for 10 years. She has returned to help her brother care for their ailing father and to help sell the family home and tie up loose ends. Ten years earlier her best friend, Corinne disappeared without a trace. At the time Nic, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson were considered suspects. Tyler’s current girlfriend Annaleise provided them with an alibi at the time.
Then Annaleise goes missing. Nic begins to look at the past and tries to tie it together with the present day. The story has mystery, family secrets, relationship issues, and some twists and turns along the way.
Overall, I thought this book was good. It was one that I initially gave less stars to, but then I found myself sitting and thinking about it. Then I realized I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I think I was initially thrown by the reverse storytelling. I don’t think this technique is for everyone. Some may even find it to be confusing.
I found this book to be good not great. I feel this book is getting a lot of hype and although, the writing is good, I found it difficult to connect to any of the characters. This book felt like a made for tv movie to me. One I had to keep watching to see how it ended but in the end, I really didn’t care.
A plus for some readers is that there is nothing graphic or gory in this book. It is a psychological mystery but not a graphic one. I like a little grit with my mystery so I found the book to be lacking in this department. Life is not so cut and dry, I don’t feel murder and sex should be either.