Jones’ debut novel is clever, absorbing, and full of red herrings. No one is trustworthy—Leslie is hiding her reasons for needing the money; Mary has ulterior motives and rarely tells the truth. A stunning twist ending will leave readers waiting to see what Jones will give them next.
As secrets build on secrets --- some of which are pretty horrifying --- readers will begin to suspect what is really going on here. But even when Jones reveals part of the truth, there are still more twists to be unraveled.
... a fresh take on a typical thriller ... provides twists and jolts throughout, keeping the story constantly flowing up to the last page. I appreciated a thrilling story that centers around the relationship between two sisters, often with chapters dipping back into the characters’ pasts to help the reader get a better sense of where the character was coming from. The book delves into deep areas of the human psyche, asking what leads us to make the decisions we make and how much of the trauma from our childhood affects us as adults.
... a taut, twisty thriller ... The author sneakily builds suspense via a trio of narrators—Leslie, Mary, and Robin—none of them reliable. Though the novel falters at the finale when its big reveal comes across as less convincing than the characters’ previous lies, readers won’t feel cheated. Jones arrives with an undeniable splash.
Of particular note is Jones’ depiction of how Leslie’s relationship with her troubled mother indelibly influenced how she relates to Eli. A nicely noir, if not completely surprising, couple of twists round out this feverish thriller ... A blistering debut from a promising new talent.