This clever, dark, and engrossing debut will suck readers in with its great story, exemplary writing, and spot-on pacing. With a wonderful twist at the end, this page-turning thriller is highly recommended.
A dark atmosphere permeates journalist Meuleman’s debut, as Hannah falls further into the shadows, facing the possibility that she may never escape the losses that define her life. Parallel stories taking place 18 years apart and excerpts from Hannah’s book glimpsing into the lives of the disappeared authors result in a crooked structure perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and J.P. Delaney.
The Belgian chapters read like a good YA book, with some of the same themes as in today’s novels for older teens ... The girl-gone-girl-on-a-train sub-genre requires one final element: the unreliable narrator. There’s one in this book but more can’t be said specifically without a spoiler ... Readers who love this subgenre will likely believe what goes on here and read to the end to find the twist in the tail. They should get more from this novel before they get there than they do.