I wanted a book which would grip me from the beginning to the end and distract me away from the realities of life but unfortunately, this book could not do the trick.
I picked up this book due to the cover; there is something so intriguing about it. This was one of the slow starts which showed the darker side of people, their actions and its after-effects .
The story goes thus, Connor a therapist finds a new home in an elite neighborhood and starts his practice from home, but his clients soon turn out to be one different than the next. The story is told in Connor and neighbour Mary’s POV. There are other characters like the crazy nephew and the silent husband, all of them equally unlikable.
Every single character was described in such minute detail that they added nothing to the story but just diluted everything from the plot. The pace was so slow that the initial parts felt like the cryptic clues of the Sunday newspaper crossword. There was a lot of information which just added to the pages, not to the story.
I skimmed through the book till I reached the end. Done with it, no DNF so far for 2018
This book is for readers who like a slow burner of a dark drama.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 2 stars
About the Author
S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.
But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.
And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…
Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?
Publication date : 27th April, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A slowburner drama
I worried that this one wouldn’t be very good… It had that “Girl on a Train” kind of garbage thriller vibe to it… Glad to know i was right and shouldn’t waste my time! Ha ha! 😆
It was just not worth it, according to me… But I am a very ordinary average brained person, this made me feel like a dumb bimbo. I got confused
Well, us ordinary, average brained people will just steer clear. 😄
Hahaha true that baby…
Sorry you didn’t love this one, Shalini. Great review though. <3
Thank you so much. How are you?
I’m great! You? 💖
Wonderful talent displayed in your reviews Shalini
Thanks Kurian very sweet of you to say that
You are welcome Shalini.
By the way, are you in Bangalore? My wife and me are arranging a small dinner get together at our place in Jayanagar. Will you be joining?
How sweet. Nopes in Mumbai
Oh Dinner on 12th after everyone voted
Great. Enjoy the day
Oh okay. Some other time then. By the way our main residence is in kochi and plan a visit
Yes I know. You have told me once. And I plan to visit Munnar some time in this lifetime. No idea when.
Then it has to be August-September 2018 when Neelakurinji which flowers once in 12 years will make the place carpeted. Last time was 2006 and next 2030. See you in August 😊
How sweet. Enjoy
Do keep Neelakurinji in mind
I can see why the cover sparked your interest. Better luck with the next thriller. You crazy ppl who like being scared by your books. 😉
We do we do. But I am more scared of Nicole.. 😉😉
She is online, so I better be nice😉😂
Nice review, seen 2 stars after a long time.
This was very slow and very confusing in the beginning. So
Yeah I get it, so is everything OK now??
Yp getting better
Sorry this one couldn’t divert you Shalini.
Hi Laurie, what are you reading? Yp this one was just….. S… L… O…. W
Ha, ha!! It’s hard to get through the slow ones.
I’m reading Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea, and listening to a historical cozy too.
Wow… I have asked for Audible to come to India, I keep on bombarding them with mails. They are working on it… So hopefully soon
You live in India Shalini?! I didn’t know that. I’m always amazed at how easily we can communicate over such great distances. There’s another blogger who lives in India and posts the most amazing pictures in and around India. She’s called Miss Talkaholic. Do you know of her blog?
I sure hope India gets audible. You’ll love it!! There are other audio options like Tantor and Macmillan. Maybe India has those?
I will check them out. Yp from Mumbai India. I am glad we are great friends.
I will check that blog. I am bad with photographs but I want to be photographer hahaha all my photos get blurred. Well I will live and keep trying.
I don’t think they have come to India as Amazon is a big presence here and only amazon works. But I will find out.
I should have known with that cute name…..Shalini. 😉
You’ll be a great photographer one day.💜
I’m surprised since Amazon owns Audible. They should be in India.
Does your library offer audiobooks?
They are in India, but each book in dollars, the audible is not linked with amazon India. They told it would take them time to come to a suitable economical arrangement
Well tlll it comes I read an ebook
I skipped this one because I kept seeing lower reviews on it, sorry you didn’t enjoy it either.
I agree. It needed the patience to really read till the end. So I hopped and jumped.
Hope the next is better for you. 🙂
I hope so too
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My pleasure, Shalini! If i am not wrong, so i can see you have now a very amazing style in reviewing. Your heart seems to be more than ever full of love for someone and the whole world. 😉 Great! Michael
Ahhh Michael, I had gone through bad times last year. It took time, but I healed. A healed heart starts to smile and maybe that is reflected here😊
Great observation Michael😉 I am liking that