By Sarah Pinborough
5 out of 5 stars
Stephen King tweeted about this book the other day. He loved it. I had just started it and thought, well good, if he loved it, I am sure it’s good. Oh, it’s good. It’s better than good. One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.
Louise is a single mother who goes out one night. She is attracted to a good-looking man and while both are drinking, they kiss. Nothing happens much more than that until she goes to work the next day and finds out that her new boss is David, the man from the bar. He comes in with his beautiful wife and Louise hides. They discuss what happened and both seem okay with it. There is something there between them. When Louise literally runs into David’s wife, Adele. She is drawn to her and the two become friends. She also carries on an affair with David. But you see, this friendship with his wife is all part of a plan that Adele has laid out so perfectly. She seems to have something very wrong with her that we the reader can see but Louise cannot. As the plans fall into play, we learn about Adele’s past troubles and her time in a mental hospital. She befriends an addict named Rob and it is his notebook that she gives to Louise that is a huge part of the story. Rob, Adele and Louise all suffer from night terrors and this notebook is a way of working them out with your own mind. The mind is a powerful thing. Very powerful thing.
This book is filled with some trippy stuff. Out of body dream traveling , for one. Wow. As all the twists and parts are falling together and you are shouting at the book and at Louise, you are hit with one of the best endings ever. Yowza! That was not anything I saw coming at all! I yelled WHAT?! Sarah Pinborough’s imagination is wild and I can’t wait to read whatever she comes up with next. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
I received a copy of this book from Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review.