I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll be honest: when I started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect. The premise of the novel doesn’t give much information and it really keeps the reader’s imagination open. What I will say is that I finished this book in 2 hours, literally tearing through it because I could not put it down. Here is my review:
Helena Ross is a famous romance author, has made a name for herself in the genre. But faced with the diagnosis of cancer and given only 3 months to live, she decides to scrap all her current writing projects and embark on a completely different journey. For years, Helena has been hiding a terrible secret. Now, she plans on writing a book that will reveal everything. Her last novel will be her confession.
This is definitely a mystery/thriller I’m not going to forget, because it was very well-written and had a unique story.
First off, for those of you who are familiar with other works by this author, this novel is not a romance. Yes, it deals with marriage and love, but it is not a romance novel.
In terms of the actual book, I have to say that the writing is fantastic. From the very first sentence, I was hooked. The author has this really great style where she doesn’t overly describe anything but still manages to deliver the full picture. I love how the author managed to perfectly switch between different voices and time points to create such a cohesive story. I also absolutely adored the main character. Helena is not your typical protagonist; she carries a lot of suspicion and anger and hate but somehow I still felt drawn to her. I cared about her story and I cared about her and what she was going through. In this story, Helena is an author who has serious writing skills …. and it showed in her character; the way Helena dragged out her story and gave little tidbits was tantalizing! I really liked the other characters that were involved and the way they influenced Helena’s life. The ending was definitely a surprise and it was one I wasn’t expecting. I think that there could have been more clues leading to the ending to ground it a bit more, but I thought that the way the author described the end events was amazing. This novel isn’t a happy one but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Compared to most of the thrillers I have read recently, this is definitely in the top 10 and it was “unputdownable”. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a really good thriller that is written superbly! 4.5/5 stars from me!