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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2022
I wanted to love this book, as I do love a female psychopath and Grace was certainly that. She was cold, cynical and normally everything I love in a character. So why was it I found her so bothersome and quite frankly she got on my nerves. I constantly thought “oh get over yourself” and move on. She was as unlikeable to me as the family members she was plotting to kill were to her.

I don’t think the chapter lengths helped, each one felt like a book in itself and I found myself plotting the author’s demise and how I could have done it in one sentence so why did she need 60 pages. It would have been beaten to death by hardback but as I had a kindle copy she had a lucky escape. I found it ironic that it says in the book “Life is so short, and we spend so much of it talking to terrible people about the minutiae of their nothing lives”. Change talking to, to reading about and it was very apt.

So why did I keep on reading you may ask. Well as much as I hated Grace and the chapter lengths I wanted to know what got her caught and would she get out of prison. Also did she kill the one person she had saved for last and the murder that would mean the most. It was even more ironic that of all the murders she had committed she was in prison for one she swears she is innocent for.

The majority of this book was 3 stars and I struggled each day to pick it up and that sucked a lot of joy out of my reading experience. However I’m glad I stuck with it as the ending was the full five stars and it was not only very clever it made me look back and see things completely differently. So my personal opinion is to definitively read it, but go in expecting this as one to slowly savour rather than a fast paced thriller which is the norm.
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