Author: A.B. Whelan
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Publisher: inMotion Capitol
Date of publication: January 13, 2016
No. of pages: 211
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Sarah Johnson had a perfect life – a hardworking, handsome husband and two healthy children. She may have been occasionally disgruntled with just being a homemaker. But she never had any reason to complain about it.Until one day, she receives a phone call from a man with an exotic accent, telling her that her husband has organised a hit on her and she has two weeks to come up with a counteroffer or die. Now she is in a race against time while she tries to figure out to what extent would she would go to avenge her model husband’s infidelity?
The description itself will make you want to read this book, and that’s what exactly happened. From the moment I started this book, I couldn’t put it down even for a moment. The delicate unraveling of a perfect life was beautifully started right from the very first page, and with each emotion that Sarah revealed, you could see yourself getting emotionally involved with her while getting embroiled in the web of intrigue, conspiracies and secrets. The plot line is well thought out and has been narrated well in first person voice, providing a greater insight to the lives of the various characters, while maintaining a smooth flow in the story line. However, I was a bit disappointed with the structure in which the whole story was written; the various suspect interviews were interspersed throughout the whole story until the climax in italics. Though I know the purpose of putting them in there, but the whole thing can be structured in a more definitive way so that it doesn’t appear to be a hindrance to the main story.
The title itself is so eye-catching that I actually forgot about the whole cover image; it definitely added an element of mystery to it. But I feel a more simplistic design can be equally useful than a face with silhouettes of thorn and a bold print stamped across it.
My opinion: As a debut thriller, the book definitely comes as a surprise with its distinctive narrative style and plot and surprising climax.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5