So this is what happened…..
Goodreads Buddies: Sandy? SANDY!
GB: OMG, you have GOT to read this!
M: Really? Let’s see….riveting suspense, missing woman, suspicious husband….no. No. No. No.
GB: Just listen! I know you said you were done with the whole domestic drama/do you really know your spouse thing that has spawned a kabillion books since Gone Girl.
M: Aww, so you HAVE read my reviews *blushes*
GB: Em…sure. Anyhoots, this is different. It’s smart, has killer twists & a great MC.
M: Look, I appreciate you wanting to pass on a book you enjoyed. I truly do. But I read a whack of these & I’m going to be brutally honest. At the end of the day, I found most of the stories, characters & titles interchangeable & formulaic. Some of the MC’s really got on my last nerve & don’t even get me started on the credibility of plot lines. In fact I rolled my eyes so much..
GB: Yeah, yeah, you thought they’d get stuck backwards. You mentioned that. Several times. But this is the real deal! And it doesn’t even have “girl” in the title.
M: Valid point. Ok, tell me why you loved it.
GB: Oooh…where to begin. Two missing women, two men searching for them & one cop trying to figure out what the heck happened. The story is told through the eyes of 3 narrators. This keeps things ticking along at a great pace & heightens the suspense until you reach an ending that will knock your socks off. And you’ll love the MC. She’s smart, kickass & doesn’t make one TDTL decision. You’ll be cheering for her so hard you’ll need pom-poms.
M: Pom-poms. Seriously? For the love of….I might be speechless.
GB: *mutters* there’s a first time for everything…
GB: We said: you’ll get a thirst from reading this thing. It’s completely addictive & you’ll finish it in a day. So keep a beverage handy, stay hydrated.
M: You’re kind of scaring me right now but ok, I’ll give it a shot.
And I did. True story. I’ve had a rocky relationship with this sub-genre & after trying many that were highly rated, came to the conclusion it was simply a mismatch between content & personal preference. But clearly they’re not all the same, just like the people who read them.
So do I recommend this one? From the bottom of my cold, dark heart. Don’t take my word for it. If you head over to Goodreads there are many reviews that make a more convincing & coherent case than anything I could throw together. Once again I have fellow crime lovers to thank for a great read.
BTW, if you pick this up & need a pair of pom-poms….