PositiveUSA TodayYou won\'t need high-powered binoculars like the ones Casey uses to see where the story seems to be headed. She\'s hardly the first unreliable narrator consumed with a mystery or the first protagonist whose neighborhood voyeurism may have uncovered a crime...It\'s a familiar psychological thriller structure – until everything changes ... If you thought you knew Sager\'s typical double-twists, and the tropes and trips of the suspense and thriller genre, there\'s a tonal shift three-quarters of the way in that will either feel brilliant – or infuriating. Either reaction leads to a page-turning climax ... But as the narrative takes you back and forth through the past and present, the novel seems to be less about the mystery\'s twists and more about the relationships, the glimpses at the lives lived by these characters, both secret and in the open, and what it all can mean in the end.
PositiveUSA Today[A] page-turner. The novel satisfies like a summer blockbuster, nearly demands you stay until the final scenes and the lights come up.
MixedUSA TodayCline\'s writing style, with frenetic pop culture references of the video games, movies, tech, TV shows and music of yesteryear, remains the same ... It feels more like geekery gatekeeping than a showing off of knowledge and attempts to display diversity in the race and gender identity of the characters rings hollow, almost offensive ... Most glaring is Watts is rather difficult to root for the second time around ... But if this is a redemption story for Watts, it\'s incomplete and unearned. Convenient plot twists are convenient at every step of their quest, and even when Watts must pay for his mistakes, it\'s as if the fast-forward button keeps getting pressed and we skip over the hard bits ... If Ready Player Two were a video game, it would be a side-scroller pushing you forward in the timed action and never really allowing you to explore the map ... 2/4 stars.
RaveUSA Today... no straightforward novel ... Sager\'s novel is packed with the expected horror-trope-tinged suspense, literary jump-scares and more than one twist, but its best moments are the quiet ones exploring the history of the house, comparing the truths Maggie learns with what her father wrote and coming to terms with what it all means anyway for Maggie and her family ... starts more slowly than Sager\'s previous thrillers, but all the best ghost stories do.