The Roommate by Kiersten Modglin
Published: March 1, 2021
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon Top 30 bestselling author of award-winning psychological suspense novels and a member of International Thriller Writers. Kiersten lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable suspense, and her readers have dubbed her ‘The Queen of Twists.’
“Who’s paranoid now, bitch?”
Wes is dealing with a lot. An extremely demanding job, the operates well outside of the typical 9 to 5. Clients who require him to be always available and flexible. And his marriage is starting to crumble. His wife, Addie, has finally had enough of coming in second to everything else. So they separate. Addie needs time and space. Wes needs to get a clue. But now, Wes may lose everything, including himself.
HOLY HECK AND HOLY BUCKETS. This was a journey. I am exhausted, I feel like I just ran 10 miles, and let’s be real honest- I do not run ever. My heart rate is elevated, I am sweating, breathing heavily, and I could not read this book fast enough.
This story is told from Wes’s perspective, and his internal dialogue will, at times, make you want to shake him. And at other times, it will break your heart. Wes is such a vulnerable character. And honestly, it’s easy to see yourself in his place. We have all put our jobs ahead of the people we love. We have made sacrifices because work was calling. And we don’t do it because we love our family less, but we forget. We forget that the people in our lives need to feel seen, heard, appreciated. Boy, does Wes get a killer reminder.
I loved Addie, Wes’s wife. She comes across as genuine, kind, smart, loving, and forgiving. It’s pretty apparent from her introduction that she has allowed more than she should have for her and Rory- their teenage daughter- to come in second, or third, or fifth. She has tolerated being forgotten, under-appreciated, and treated as a convenience for far too long. Now, she’s devastated and has had enough. Wes is going to hear her. Wes is going to see her. And Wes is going to realize what he is losing.
The build-up for this book is so intense and yet so evenly paced, and you really will not see the twist until the first one smacks you in the face. The Queen of Twists strikes again, y’all. Everything in this book is so carefully crafted and so delicately places. It is the ultimate house of cards- and boy, is Kiersten ever a gust of wind.
Elias is an old acquaintance from high school, whom Wes hasn’t seen or spoken to in ages. When they happen to run into each other, Wes has no idea how crazy things will become. Kiersten has such a gift for developing her characters. These characters are all so fleshed out that they could be real people. And the most terrifying thing about this book is something like this could actually happen.
In what may be the most intense hours of their lives, buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a ride.