For three women with so much to hide, there’s no such thing as a little white lie…
All three women who live at 1054 Mockingbird Lane have secrets…and with a body at the bottom of their apartment building’s staircase, those secrets need to stay buried.
Sylvia Webb has a plan. And a potential Mr. Right. He’s sweet, simple, and dependably clueless about what she’s up to. The only thing unpredictable about him is his needy ex-girlfriend, who is this close to shattering Sylvia’s dreams. But Sylvia’s not going to let that happen.
Riki McFarlan has a good career and an amazing boyfriend who wants to settle down. If only she didn’t have feelings for her neighbor—who happens to be her close friend’s husband. With everything going so right, why is Riki flirting with something so wrong, so…dangerous?
Embry Taylor is as devoted to her children as she is to her husband, who’s a bartender by night, an aspiring actor by day. She is his biggest fan. But with his career not taking off and tensions high, even sweet Embry has something she’s desperate to keep hidden.
Lies, secrets, and revenge. For three neighbors with stakes so high, someone is headed for a downfall.
My review: spoiler-free
The book started of with the quite typical thriller starting chapter of a body being found, and then we go back in time to get to know the characters and work our way up to the moment of the death. So from the first chapter you don’t know who the dead person or who the killer is.
Even though that’s quite a typical start to a thirller, I usually really like non-linear storytelling, especially in thrillers. However, this book was not actually told in a non-linear way. The first chapter was basically just “oh yeah look a body” and then we go back in time and then everything is told in a linear way.
And within the linear storyline I kept on waiting, and waiting, and waiting for the body to show up. And I had to wait a long time, because (slight spoiler maybe?) the body only shows up when you’re over 90% of the way through the book, I believe it was even close to/over the 95% mark. And you can’t promise me a body in the synopsis and in the first chapter to then only let it show up in the last 5% of the book, and only actually building up to the death in the last 10% of the book.
The other 90% of this book we just followed the lives of 3 women: Sylvia, Embry and Kiki. And that’s not what I signed up for when I started this book. I didn’t want a plain contemporary on these three women’s lives. And let’s be honest: Sylvia was the only one with a slightly interesting life.
It took me almost a month to finish this book because I was so bored whilst reading this. I didn’t care about Kiki’s relationship with a doucebag and her crush on her neighbour and I didn’t care about Embry’s relationship problems, because those elements aren’t really thriller related. The author tried so hard to make these two characters’ problems seem like something big to make you think they could kill someone and be the one responsible for the body. And I didn’t believe that for a single second.
I really don’t have anything more to say about the first 90% of the book because it was so boring, I wouldn’t even want to read a book about these women’s life if it wasn’t a thriller, that’s how boring it was.
The last 10% of the book things finally started to happen, so the last 10% definitely was intriguing and I was trying to guess who the murderer and who the victim would be. Although I did that troughout the book as well and almost from the second the character who ends up dying, was introduced, I was quite certain they would end up being dead, and I was correct. But let me tell you: I don’t read a thriller to guess the dead person from page 5. I did end up beind wrong who the killer was, (once again slight spoiler alert) because there was no real killer.
And then in the last 5% we finally get the aftermath of the whole body being found thing, and that was once again so predictable and boring. Above that there was no real aftermath for the dead body, because it didn’t really influence the main characters’ life, except from maybe being traumatised by seing a body.
So in short (with a slight spoiler): I waited 95% of the book for a body to show up, for the body than being the result of an accident rather than an actual murder and for it to then not having any influence on these boring lives I didn’t care for in the first place.
To end on a bit of a positive note: I liked one thing about this book and that was the writing style. Even though the characters were as boring and annoying as they could be, they were still quite realistic, they’re just not the type of characters I like to read about, especially not in a thriller. And I definitely have to give the author a kuddo for her dialogue, because that was written really well! I often times find dialogue in books quite forced or not realistic but this is definitely one of the more realistic dialogue I came across lately. But that honestly didn’t weight out all of the utter crap that is the rest of this book.
I use G from Bookroast’s CAWPILE rating system and this book ended up coming out as a 2.57 out of 10. I gave characters a 3 out of 10, atmosphere a 2 and writing a 6. Both plot and intrigue only got a 1 out of 10, because they didn’t really exist in this book. I gave logic a 3 out of 10 and enjoyement a 2. According to CAWPILE that is still an overal 2 out of 5 star rating, but I disagree with that, for me that’s a 1 star rating.
I don’t think I’ve ever said this before: but I absolutely don’t recommend this book. There are so many more great thrillers out there that are actually thrilling.
*Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc of this book*