Author: B.A. Paris Series: Standalone Genre: Thriller Release Date: February 9, 2017 Book Length: 328 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press Review: 3/5
As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours, and for Cass Anderson, that statement could not be more fitting.
One night, on her way home from a friend’s house, Cass takes a turn onto a desolate road in the middle of the woods during a rainstorm. She spots the car of an unidentifiable woman on the side of the road, and after turning it over in her mind, decides against stopping to make sure she is okay, for fear that something might happen to her if she does. The next morning, she learns that the woman, Jane, whom Cass later realizes she knew, had been murdered, and the decision to drive off sparks a sequence of events that that lunges Cass into a downward spiral.
This book truly frightened me at times. Cass was losing her mind for the entirety of the book, and at first, when it was little things, I chalked it up to bad memory, but later, when it was bigger, more important details, I was starting to think I was going insane – perhaps not having paid attention enough myself. One of the strangest things I found about the narrative was how often Matthew, Cass’ husband, and Rachel, Cass’ childhood best friend, brought up the murder in the woods. Yes, that’s what the book was primarily about, but it was almost a little bit too much and far fetched that these people would be bringing up the subject for that long, especially not having known Cass had been at the scene that night. Although, in the author’s defense, I kiiind of understand how it helped build up the story for the later parts of the book.
Despite that, I did enjoy this read – it was eerie, and I couldn’t wait to find out what had happened to Jane and why. With that said though, the ending was kind of predictable and it was a little bit silly how Cass ‘guessed’ who had done it and why (uh, same!).
B.A. Paris is a safe bet if you are looking for a quick and easy thriller though, and despite having a hunch about the ending, I still think it’s one worth reading.
If anyone has any other good thriller recommendations, please let me know! 🙂