Rating: (a very generous) 3 Stars
Aimee Sinclair is an actress with a life she thinks has gone pretty well (especially considering her childhood). Until she comes home to find her husband gone. His keys, wallet, phone are all still in the house but he’s not. In a narrative sweeping back and forth between Aimee’s childhood and adulthood we discover Aimee’s secrets and uncover what has become of her husband.
I read someone’s response to this book as “What the actual F*** did I just read?” and I think that pretty much sums up my feelings on this one. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney was a much better book, which is disappointing because I know a lot of the book community was looking forward to this new one. But it was wildly ridiculous. I get the idea of suspending reality (especially when reading fiction) and I’m all for that. But this book was fairly boring the entire way through, until the last few chapters when things just get incredibly weird. Weird. That’s the only way to describe the ending.
I’m all for shocking the reader but to use a taboo subject for cheap shock value just seemed a bit lazy to me. I’m not going to dwell on this too much, because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone wanting to read this book. But what I will say is that I might have been able to wrap my head around one of the fifty things revealed at the end of this book, but it’s a far stretch to ask a reader to get on board with all of the random, ridiculous revelations at the end. Those are my thoughts.
I was really hoping that this book would end with the present Aimee Sinclair being “stalked” by the past Aimee Sinclair. Like the present one was the girl in the photo and the past one was kidnapped after the present one ran away or something. And then the past one (the second Aimee) was exacting her revenge on the present (and first) Aimee Sinclair because if the first Aimee hadn’t left, the second Aimee never would have been kidnapped.
Does that make sense? It does in my head. Anyway. This book wasn’t worth the hype. It was just shock for shock’s sake and wasn’t very interesting. Pick up Sometimes I Lie if you want to read something interesting by Feeney!