I think the main issue I had with this book is that the hype was so strong, and it was compared so much to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, that it raised my expectations way too much. Don’t get me wrong, this book was good, just not that good.
I love unreliable narrators and in this novel we get two of them. That is my favorite thing about this novel, how some crucial facts are casually mentioned by one character or another, letting us put things together little by little. Unfortunately, some of the actual writing can be clunky, with too much telling for my taste. There are pages and pages of the author just telling us events instead of letting us see them through a character’s eyes, which slows the book down.
Apart from that, the last half of the book doesn’t make too much logical sense, I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m not sure what part two is even doing in the novel. I understand the author needed to tie up some loose ends, but an entire second section is not necessary.
I felt the book had some potential, especially in the way the author handled some of the psychological aspects, but it didn’t quite get there for me.