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Synopsis:

“In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.”

Review:

My gosh this back left me so disappointed.

One of my friends on BookTube had picked this as one of her book club’s book picks of the month and as I am trying to read more thrillers this year, I thought I would give this book a try.

It was not a good thriller. At all.

Starting off with the writing style, I thought it was decent. Kelly does have this way of writing that did manage to keep me interested in reading, even though the rest of the book was a let down. It was the only thing that prevented me from giving this book a lower rating.

Then going on with the characters, they all had their pros and cons. Laura was the only character that I felt that we could really trust throughout the majority of the book but at the same time, she seemed extremely paranoid all the time and she was kind of annoying at times. I feel like Kit was supposed to be kind of an unlikable character. I never trusted him fully and then, at the end, when we, the readers, find out his secret, I really did not like him. All of the side characters I felt were unnecessary to the story. Also, the author put a focus on way too many characters that it made it hard to keep track of all of them.

Diving into the plot, there really wasn’t one. This book is classified as a thriller but the “thriller” aspects really didn’t happen until the end of the book. There was a heavy focus on the eclipses. That didn’t make any sense. What did the eclipses have to do with the mystery? The plot honestly made ZERO sense. What a let down.

Overall, this book was pretty much a big mess. It could have been a really good thriller if the mystery aspects were more front in center but in the end it just let me down. I might check out some of this author’s other works if they seem interesting but this one was just not for me.

RATING: 2/5

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