To misquote Rocky Dennis: These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and having to write a bad book review.
But I cannot recommend this book.
It is a fairly average size book, just under 300 pages, but the main crux of the synopsis doesn't happen until a third of the way through the book. That is strike one for me. 100 pages of set-up is way too many pages, especially for something as simple as this.
The writing style is a classic and painful example of telling instead of showing, so much so that I felt like I was reading something written as an early attempt for creative writing 101 in college. On and on the narrator finds ways to rehash the information that is blatantly obvious and could have been shown with a little bit of finessing.
It was clear that Veronica was not a reliable narrator, that things were not quite as they appeared to be from her perspective. To be honest, I am getting a little tired of the unreliable female narrator trope. The other characters felt flimsy and underdeveloped. I didn't understand their motivation for helping Veronica or being involved with her throughout.
What I really disliked the most is that this book doesn't give you a chance to figure it out. There is no possible way for the reader to completely solve the mystery of this book, which I really consider a failure.
There are definitely clues here and there that let you know things aren't quite right and when you look back with all the pieces, everything of course makes more sense. But the twist is so far out of left field that it isn't even in the ballpark. It made me feel cheated out of a good reveal. I don't need to solve every book, and I certainly don't, but I like to know that the pieces were there if only I had been paying attention in the right places. This book doesn't have that.
Between weak writing, overused character tropes, and an unsatisfying ending, this one was not for me.
My thanks to Lake Union and JKS Communications for sending me a copy of this book to read and review.
Associate editor, amateur photdographer, bibliophile, and occasional sleuth.