My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Jolene Carr is pretty sure of her job, when suddenly things flip 180 degrees and she is shown the door. Jo tries to make good of the situation by having a two-week vacation. She comes across Raquel, who also stays at the same hotel as hers. She encounters some troubles during the vacation, as a result of which she begins suspecting she is in danger. She dwells on paranoia and restlessness. She finds that she isn't safe even after she returns from the vacation. She realises Raquel is stalking her. To add to her woes, others in her life do not take her words seriously, brushing it away as Jo's imagination. Jo's nightmare continues and the reader, along with Jo, is in for a surprise as more strange things begin to unravel in her life.
This book took me by surprise. It proved to be one of the best psychological thrillers I've read by far. It gives a whole new dimension to elements of trust - betrayal, reality - perception, truth - imagination. Jo's character is remarkable! Having made the character out to be one that is naturally paranoid and diffident, the author capitalises on the character's flaws and weaknesses to instill a huge amount of suspense. The plot is also handled well. The narration is in such a way that the reader agrees with the other characters in the book, and inclines towards believing that all that is happening is in Jo's head. Eventually, as the plot begins to unfold, the reader can see what a horrid experience Jo must be having.
This was a brilliant and thrilling read. This goes on to prove that carving out an effective thriller is not about elaborate setting or fearsome characters - it's all about good narration and a wonderful plot, both of which this book has! Highly recommended!
My rating for this book: 5 stars
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