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This book reminds me of Gone Girl, except 100 times more twisted and disturbing. The subject matter is dark, depressing, and sick...and yet Marinovich manages to make the story satirical, funny, and entertaining. The writing is brilliant, and each sentence is packed with evocative and at times hilarious descriptions. I was impressed that Marinovich managed to fit so much storyline into only 6 hours and 30 minutes. If you liked You by Caroline Kepnes, you'll probably like it, but definitely be forewarned that this book isn't for the faint of heart.
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Take a couple going through a midlife crisis (frustrated in their jobs, no money, no children, no dreams) and put them in a Hitchcock-like scenario where the husband starts, out of boredom (and while his wife his attending the terminally ill father), lurking at the summer house next door where strange things seem to happen….
The book is a real page-turner, past-paced with unexpected plot twists: The story gets increasingly dark, at times creepy and disturbing on multiple levels. The book is far from being as polished and insightful as Gone Girl (one can’t stay away from comparing the two books…). The author has taken the (strange) choice to avoid any character development: we do not have even hints of their physical appearance, age or anything that could induce the reader to feel some empathy and additional closeness to the story . Toward the end the novel is muddied by the fact that so many things are happening at once- without good explanation- and it sort of loses it's way for a bit, but the end is as good it can be.
Despite its shortcomings, I read the book in a couple of days (exceptionally fast for me) and, must admit it, I enjoyed more than a bit. Marinovich for sure can write (this is only his second book) and the narrator - Quincy Dunn-Baker- does an excellent job.
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