My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: March 1st, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Family, Manipulation, Children, Mental Illness
This is one messed up book and Janie is one messed up child. You’d think that the more psychological thrillers you read, the less they will affect you. But actually, it doesn’t work like that. If anything, your insides instinctively prepare themselves to be disturbed the moment you begin a new thriller.
I read this story at night. First mistake. My second was to take a break from it by taking a shower in my apartment, alone, at 4 am. Normally, I don’t care, I feel safe enough. But that night, the softest sound unhinged me, making me wonder if a Janie-like figure was waiting for me outside the bathroom door.
Needless to say, I am happy to be done with this book. Lucinda Berry, the author, is a doctor, so she knows what she’s talking about. She knows what’s normal and what isn’t. She knows what can drive a person crazy. I would be terrified of her, but she actually looks really nice. And despite the amount of manipulation in this story, there is a lot of humanity, too.
It starts like a horror movie, and then turns into a happy romantic comedy, before settling on drama and suspense and mystery until the end. What I liked most was how wrong I was about everything. You think you know what will happen, who will die, and how they will die, but turns out you have no detective skills because your assumptions are 5 km away from the truth.
The structure of the ending, if that makes sense, is an odd choice on the author’s part. But I am satisfied and relatively impressed.
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