| 4 stars.
A very good mystery about a marriage gone bad and you just know it’s not going to end well. This is mystery marriage disintegrating story that is subtle and a deliciously “I don’t like these people” with lots of evil read. A chilling “these could be your neighbors/boss/therapist” read.
I really enjoyed this read. The wife is a psychologist and in Her sections much of her thoughts are ramblings on Adler and his theories and how her views of her life stack up according to these theories. I’m probably a bit biased here because that is my working background, so the observations kept my interest very well.
The husband is a man that can’t keep his dick in his pants. Didn’t like anything much about him. He was selfish and couldn’t see any part that his behavior had in totally mind f**king everyone else in his life.
She (the wife) couldn’t deal with confrontation and upset and so resorted to getting even. She is also a non-communicator and non-committer, so when long time partner of 20 years cheats, as he so often does, she doesn’t talk about it or confront him, but rather just gets even that are sneaky and downright creepy when you look back on them. I was rooting for her deviousness all the way but watching her unravel was disturbing.
This book has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl . The only thing similar is a marriage gone wrong and the fact the people are twisted. Is this really what marriage does for people??? (No, but it does make for some great reading.)
I picked up this book because it is being touted as this year’s best mystery/thriller and all the reviews in pre-release were saying you have to read this. It’s true; you do. Excellent read.
The author, A.S.A. Harrison’s story is as tragic as the characters in this book. This is her first fiction novel and she died in April of 2013, just before it went to publication. It’s a shame because I really would like to have read more stories from her. She is a gifted writer.
Penquin also decided to release this book in paperback, skipping the hardcover release phase nearly all new works go through first in order to increase additional sales with the paperback release later on. This marketing ploy worked, because the sales have gone through the roof; it’s a very affordable new best seller release and nobody has to wait until it comes out in paperback.
Read this book people and then go treat your spice (spouse) like you use to before it all got mundane
A very good collection of horror/paranormal short stories. Reading this book reminded me of the old television series The Twilight Zone. I couldn’t wait to see how each story ended, what the twist was. The past is never the past. Sometimes monsters are real. Sometimes we are the monsters.
About the Author:
Simon Strantzas is the author ofNightingale Songs, Beneath the Surface and Cold to the Touch and has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award. His work has been appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (ed. Stephen Jones), Cemetery Dance, and Postscripts. Born in the harsh darkness of the Canadian winter, he has no intentions on leaving for sunnier climes.