Publication Date: December 6, 2020
General Fiction (Adult)/ Mystery & Thrillers
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review.
Cathryn Grant has written several books in the thriller genre, and she has a unique style for telling her stories, building them up, and dropping a twist you won’t see coming. This is the second book I have read of Ms. Grant’s, and I enjoyed both. If you haven’t read The Guest I recommend it.
“Murder hadn’t been the plan, but plans change.”
We meet Skye and Joe, who are lounging at a table with a stunning view of Lake Tahoe before them. They are seemingly waiting for something or someone. In walks, Brad and Maggie and something in Skye screams, “them”.
We quickly learn that Skye and Joe are not the charming, friendly couple they appear to be, but Maggie and Brad have no idea who they have agreed to invite over for dinner.
Maggie and Brad seem like a happy, wealthy, and unassuming couple, which screams easy money to Joe and Skye. As one couple digs their claws into the other, there are more twists, turns, and devastating surprises than anyone expected.
I found the build-up to the hook fairly fast-paced and exciting. As we get to know the characters and their intent, we start to form a picture of what happens when vacation is over. Except everything goes unexpectedly awry. Or does it?
Secrets abound, devious intent, and the grass not always being greener on the other side is what makes this a page-turning thrill ride. Cathryn Grant has a knack for creating twisted stories that leave you wondering who to cheer for as no one had clean hands. I did find the characters all rather shallow, with very little growth throughout the book. As layers arr revealed and secrets are exposed, we don’t see much development with any of the characters. Though, I am inclined to think this was done intentionally by Cathryn Grant, for reasons you must read the book to discover.
I enjoyed this book; it was a well done modern game of cat and mouse. Trying to figure out who is the predator and who is the prey will keep you glued to the pages, and the ending will leave you stunned.
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