Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cass Anderson promised her husband that she wouldn't drive down the wooded shortcut on her way home. A storm was raging and she thought just this once would be fine. When she sees the woman in the car, she thought she was broken down and waiting for ride. When she finds out the next day that the woman had been murdered not long after, Cass becomes obsessed with the murder to the point she is forgetting things. Is she distracted? or is there something more serious going on?
This is a traditional mystery book, unlike the author's first novel, Behind Closed Doors. Unfortunately this format doesn't allow the Paris to build suspenseful situations as much as she did in her previous book, which is a shame because that is where she shines. I knew by page 5 who the killer was and by the 2nd chapter what the twist was. I am also tired of the unreliable narrator angle that has permeated the mystery/thriller industry since the success of Gone Girl. Seriously publishing industry, enough already! Time for something fresh and new please! Anyhow, despite my lack of surprise, I was eager to see how the author had the story play out. Paris did not disappoint in that regard. Readers get a sense of Cass' mounting terror and paranoia but it evokes more pity and concern than suspense. Despite the problems with the transparent plot, the narrative is well done and the main characters are sympathetic. I would recommend this to casual readers of the mystery genre. It's a good summer read, especially with our recent stormy nights.