Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland @RCArmitage #StephanieRacine @MacmillanAudio

Adam and Amelia Wright won a trip to a remote getaway in Scotland. Their marriage appears to be on life support and Amelia is hoping this trip will be just the thing to breathe new life into their relationship. When they reach their destination in the middle of a snowstorm, it’s a bit creepy and more remote than they’d anticipated. Both Adam and Amelia are harboring secrets but they aren’t the only ones with a hidden agenda. He’s a workaholic screenwriter who suffers from face blindness and she works for an animal placement organization. Behind closed doors there’s a lot wrong with the Wrights.

The story is told in alternating points of view from Adam, Amelia, an odd woman living near the hotel in Scotland and journal postings at each anniversary. Collectively they help to create a sense of who the Wrights are, how their marriage evolved over the years and what led to its deterioration. Each of the anniversary postings included their gift exchanges, which were consistent with the old traditions based on the number of years represented. I loved these as they were the most illuminating and the gifts were thoughtful and creative.

I’m loathe to share any more about the story lest I spoil the experience for other readers. This is one clever journey that did something to me I haven’t experienced in my reading in some time…left me utterly speechless and scratching my head at the end. It’s twisty, dark, gnarly and mind boggling at times and a slow burn that requires some patience. I couldn’t tell who was going to be the devious one, shifting back and forth and beyond trying to figure things out. But, nothing prepared me for some of the shocking answers. I loved it! The narrators delivered a delicious performance, too. They managed their characters skillfully but even more outstanding was how they told the story. It was definitely sneakier than the characters and I’m glad I chose the audio format! All I could say at the end was, “well dang!”

Book Info

  • Release Date: September 7, 2021
  • Narrators: Richard Armitage & Stephanie Racine
  • Audio Length: 10 hours, 22 minutes
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio




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34 thoughts on “Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland @RCArmitage #StephanieRacine @MacmillanAudio”

  1. I must admit, I literally laughed out loud at “left me utterly speechless.” That’s putting it mildly, huh? I have a friend from grad school that read it recently and would send me updates on her reading; I knew just when she reached the big twist because there were a lot of exclamation points involved. I think this is my favorite thriller of the year. So glad you enjoyed it too. Excellent review, Jo!

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    1. This is my first but I’ve collected three others. She’s known for her twisty stories but this was so brilliantly devised that the biggest shocker never, ever even occurred to me. I like being thrown off balance at the end of a book but able to look back and see the clues were always there. This was a good time.


  2. Wow, I have this on my bookshelf, and I can’t wait to read it now! I knew both the main narrators were unreliable, but this sounds seriously devious – I love it!

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  3. A most Excellent review Jo. I can’t agree more, that ending was just Wow. I have listened to two of her books and she is now an autoread for me. I am so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. She has a new one coming out too. 📚😲

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  4. You’ve intrigued me, Jonetta. I only learned of the existence of prosopagnosia (face blindness) recently. It must be just as frustrating for those around the sufferer as dementia. I’ll look into getting the audiobook – I do like a bit of Richard Armitage.

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  5. I did not like this one as much as I expected to….but after seeing your review, I wish I’d chosen the audiobook instead. That might have made a difference. Her book “His & Hers” was amazing — I listened to the audio on that one.

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