Well this was fun! Sick and twisted, but fun nonetheless.
Going into this I thought that it was going to be a contemporary murder story, but it wasn't the case. The story starts in 1980, and I think that the time period chosen added a very nice touch to the overall feel of the book.
Is there anything worse than smother-mother? No. And apparently there is also nothing more terrifying than a smother-mother either. The format is quite different, as the main murder and its murderers is given away right in the beginning, so in the sense the mystery is already known to the reader. I was very curious how the rest of the book would play out and what ways the plot could possibly go.
With that said, I devoured this book within 24 hours - I just could not stop reading! The plot took some interesting turns, and while none of them were too shocking they still kept my attention glued. But I think what definitely propelled this book forward was the amazingly messed up cast of characters.
There are three points of view. We get a very twisted and mental, but oh so calm character - which was the most terrifying one to read. We also get a person who knows, but can't do much about it, except keep covering it up. And we get the victim's sister, which is probably the only semi-normal character of this book. Emphasis on semi, because none of them were truly normal.
The three different points of view weave the story perfectly - I especially liked how they interlocked and crossed on the most important parts. The character study in this book is simply superb.
I went into this book not expecting much, but it turned out that this was just what I needed - a very twisted, very wrong, but oh so fun murder book. It's not gory or brutal in any way, but it's still very ghastly and macabre, thanks to the messed up characters. I will definitely be picking up another book by Liz Nugget in the future, because I really dig what she did here.
Big thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books for a digital advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and come from the heart.
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