A shocking, original psychological thriller about a mother gone missing and the family she leaves behind, ultimately proving how unknowable even those closest to us can be
Alexandra Southwood is missing. Held in a room against her will, she’s forced to imagine how her husband, Marc, and two daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. She thinks of what’s lost, remembering the beginnings of her romance with Marc and the beautiful family they built together.
Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but his wife. He shifts from utter despair to frantic action, and when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He embarks on his own journey, through the dark maze of the art world that so gripped his wife, following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask.
I wish I could say that I loved this book but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. I usually love psychological thrillers but this one felt strange with either the pacing or the narration or something. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and it was a bit confusing at times. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.
It was an interesting and unique story as it’s narrated by the person who has gone missing but she is very unreliable as she is guessing what is happening to her husband. Unfortunately, the story did not become interesting to me until the halfway mark and by that point, I was just ready for it to be over. I’ve heard it compared to Gone Girl, which I loved, and although I see some similarities, Gone Girl was far superior in my opinion.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.