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You just HAVE to keep reading...
on 8 August 2014
A clever, well-paced journey through the raw emotions of a struggling marriage with a bit of psychotic thrill thrown in. That’s perhaps not the most eloquent way of explaining it but that’s the first thing that comes to mind.
The novel moves quickly and the author cleverly introduces characters who at first seem of little importance but become key to the plot. Characters such as Emma who seems almost of no value become central to the climax and I could have kicked myself for disregarding her. It all slots neatly together in time which is exactly what you want from a thriller, although as the events of the path begin to unfold, I think I did have a clue as to what had happened, although not exactly. This for me is another hallmark of an effective thriller as you just HAVE to keep reading to get to the true answer.
My only niggles with the book were between Will and Harmony. Harmony herself wasn’t a character I warmed to and it also seemed a little implausible that she’d had a loving, wonderful marriage to Will for so many years to not know anything about his school years or his past but then I guess there are probably many marriages like that and many people who are happy in the present without straying into their pasts. I don’t know, it just felt a little odd for me to read but not to the degree that it wasn’t enjoyable, because it totally was.
The star of the novel, by miles, was Luke. His character is just so brilliant and I love the way he develops as the novel goes on and we slowly but surely learn more about him. The inclusion of letters and flashbacks to their school days added so much depth to the novel and it just all came together so well.