Alice Feeney’s Second Novel Did Not Disappoint.
Aimee Sinclair is an actress with a handful of secrets and a dark past. Is Aimee Sinclair even her real name? When she discovers her husband has disappeared, she has no idea what happened…or does she? The detectives believe she knows more than she’s telling them. Aimee believes it’s her mystery stalker. No one knows who to believe. Is Ben really dead? Who is Aimee’s stalker? Will Aimee’s past come back to haunt her?
What I liked about the book:
Alice Feeney has admitted that writing a second novel can be a challenge, but she did an amazing job. The novel was suspenseful, enticing, and had a mind-blowing plot twist. She has truly opened my mind up the thriller genre and I’m grateful.
Just like the first book, I loved the style of writing. The book bounces back and forth between Aimee’s difficult childhood and her story in the present. I really liked the different timelines. I honestly think I found her present day more shocking than her childhood. Both were pretty traumatizing for Aimee, but the person I thought was the true villain from her past was surpassed by someone I never expected nor did Aimee! Don’t worry, I won’t spoil the ending for you.
Ben’s disappearance was a true mystery that thickened the further I got into the book. There was a time I truly thought Aimee killed him. I wanted to believe she didn’t but there is so much more to her character than people think they know. However one person knows Aimee better than she does.
Feeney’s first book may have been called Sometimes I Lie, but in this novel, nearly every character is lying. They’re all preening to be someone they aren’t. One of my favorite quotes is from a character by the name of Maggie. She tells a younger Aimee, “So long as you never forget who you really are, acting will save you.”
What I disliked about the book:
There is a reading group guide in the back the novel with discussion questions. The second-to-last question really made me think. The question was “Do you think that Aimee really knew the true identity of her husband all along?” I honestly believe she didn’t. I understand she had a troubled past and her hands aren’t the cleanest, but at the same time, she never forgot who she truly was, even as a child. I can’t help but think she maybe had a feeling that something was something wasn’t right about the man she was married to. It was also strange that she never questioned his family life or childhood, or the fact that the only picture she could find of him was one from when he was a little boy. Why didn’t she look deeper? Did she know?
Overall Score: 9/10