Release date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Genre: Psychological Thriller
As a young child, Eleanor Blackwood witnessed her mother’s murder in woods near their farm. The killer was never found.
Now an adult, Eleanor discovers a woman’s body in the same spot in the Cornish woods where her mother was strangled eighteen years before. But when the police get there, the body has disappeared.
Is Eleanor’s disturbed mind playing tricks on her again, or has her mother’s killer resurfaced? And what does the number on the dead woman’s forehead signify?
For once, I really do not have a whole to say. I usually cut myself off in reviews because I do not want to ramble on and on and bore you guys. I’m feeling apathetic about this book though so this will shorter than usual.
Things started out pretty well here. The premise was strong for me and I usually enjoy books where the heroine is unsure of herself and wonders if she’s cracking up. Eleanor finds a dead woman in the same woods where her mother was killed years earlier. By the time the police arrive, there is no body. Then, she gets the sensation that she is being watched, often. Is she losing her mind? Has she already gone mad and hasn’t even realized it herself?
Ellie was a pretty boring character despite all the drama in her life. She came off as very cold and detached. She shows no emotion whatsoever when she finds a dead women in the same place her own mother died! That’s when I knew I wasn’t going to be able to connect with her much. Later, she thinks it’s a good idea to sleep with a man who is one of her own main suspects as the killer. She totally lost me then, I just can’t. Her character was also under developed, as were all the characters in this book.
I guessed very early on who the killer was which is always a huge let down. I swear I only end up finishing the book so I can know that I was right and feel justified in my rightness. When the big climactic scene finally comes, (parts of this were very slow, especially for a so called thriller) there was just no excitement. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t muster any up, I’m not sure. The motivation for the string of murders was weak too and I was holding onto my last hope, thinking maybe that would provide something unique.
Overall rating: 2.5/5
Thanks to Thomas and Mercer for my copy in exchange for an honest review.