Olivia Campbell is living comfortably to a wealthy man, Richard, but she’s anything but at peace. That’s because she’s slowly coming to the understanding that he just might be a serial killer.
The story is mostly told from three points of view: Olivia’s, Ashley Hayes (Olivia’s best friend) and Betty (Ashley’s friend). However, the book opens with a chilling point of view from the killer, 27 years earlier. You’ll have to read the book to find out his identity. It starts with a bang and proceeds rather quickly thereon out. However, the transitions between the three narrators were often confusing as they are all in first person. While I liked getting their individual perspectives, third person might have worked more effectively as I never really felt like I got a strong sense of who these women really were, Olivia excepted. She was a complicated woman with a tragic history that unfolds throughout the book.
While I found the story interesting, it too often required a belief suspension I couldn’t master. Some of the actions taken individually by these women were just not logical until they took action as a group. Too many lines of the story were not fully explored, leaving me wanting more of something I just couldn’t put my finger on. I’m a character driven reader and this is written more for those with a consumption for plot driven stories as it accomplished that very well. I got to the end and found I really didn’t have much of an emotional investment in any of the characters, an essential element for me.
It’s a good story that I liked well enough but just didn’t grab me in the way the author’s first book did. I highly recommend it for those that like an interesting plot that is well developed and don’t necessarily need expansive character development.
(I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)