Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 2 stars
Ethan and Sutton Montclair are the golden children of the literary world, or so it seems. Attractive, successful, and incredibly in love; they had a charmed life before their infant son died suddenly. What outsiders didn't see was the crumbling career, shattered marriage, increasing resentment, and mutual blame of the death of their son on the other. All of these secrets start coming out once Ethan finds a note from Sutton that she is leaving him. Or was this just a cover up for her murder?
I kept thinking from the very beginning that I have read this before, only to realize that this was very similar to Gone Girl. Unfortunately for the author, Gone Girl was much better written with more engaging characters. Ethan seemed to be a parody of an arrogant and misogynistic writer, complete with sexist comments about his wife and a one night stand. Ellison alluded to Sutton's damaging and emotionally abusive childhood and emotional instability but never quite delivered.
I could forgive the predictable plot, since it seems like every book published in the past several years have been an attempt to recreate Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. Unfortunately the poor writing and stilted language made it impossible to overlook. Ellison's characters just didn't speak like ordinary people speak, which made me roll my eyes more than I should admit.
The book is problematic but it isn't completely terrible. If you are looking for an easy thriller that you can delve into, this is an excellent choice.