Wildly twisty, this suspenseful read starts out as what feels like a slow and interesting burn. With building insight into the puzzling activities of the neighbors populating a somewhat sinister lake-view community, our story is led by the first-person POV narration of Casey Fletcher, a thirty-something “troubled” actress who is still reeling emotionally from the recent drowning of her screenwriter husband. Huddled on the wrap-around deck of her private lakefront cottage, with a birds-eye view of her glamorous mega-model neighbor and her tech-titan husband, as Casey rapidly descends into a darkly alcoholic haze, it’s not clear if the drama unfolding is real, imagined, or a product of her addled brain cells.
Sinister and creepy, the story now unwinds with a crisp and compelling pace, right up to its explosive ending, virtually impossible to guess, and crowded with so many twists out of nowhere it feels downright chaotic. Hats-off to the author for this crazily inventive finish, which pulls out all the stops, literarily, weaving tricks and surprises that left this reader slightly dazzled, and more than a little awed.
A great big thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.