“Writing in the first person present is difficult and not always enjoyable to read but Oviatt has managed to pull it off in spectacular fashion. Using this tense really built the tension and placed the reader in the centre of the action.
Then she switches the perspective to another character, still using first person present – not to look at the already told story from a different view as has been done successfully by authors such as Orhan Pamuk, but to continue the story. The first time the author does this, it is a little disconcerting but then you realise it works very, very well.
This is not the only clever literary device Oviatt uses: The prologue is deliberately ambiguous and sits in the back of our minds – was it a premonition, an earlier incident, or something different altogether (it is explained later in the book)?
She also introduces us to the killer (yes, it’s a murder mystery – no spoiler there!) early on, again, setting the book apart from the run of the mill whodunnit that gets explained in the last pages.There are only a few characters in the book which has allowed the author to flesh them out nicely and to help the reader keep track of who’s who. Similarly, the setting and twists are realistic; too many books rely on outlandish coincidences, technologies or the like……”
“I have always loved reading but have been busy and haven’t been able to stick with a book that captures my interest enough to make time for it…until I started reading this. I also haven’t been able to get through a kindle book before because I like having a physical book, but this was so good that I just kept reading and it wasn’t a problem at all on my smartphone. I really enjoyed this book and found the characters to be relatable. It captivated my interest and I liked getting into the minds of each of the main characters with the way it was written from each of their perspectives. My only wish was that it kept going!”
“The multiple perspectives is genious! I would recommend this book to anyone who has psychology interest. The specific character markers are great! Each character has specific psychological traits that I enjoyed analyzing! Awesome book!”
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