Helllllllo readers, it’s another day, another dip into Lizzo’s Amazon history, which sounds a little odd. I’ve read so many books and yet I have reviewed so few of them. Not completely sure how I’ve missed so many but I’m getting round to then. This is a book I read in 2013 which is a long time ago but I really remember this one. It was one that I couldn’t finish when reading and that’s maybe why I chose not to. But I’m pretty sure of my final outcome so lets give it a go.
Days before their wedding, during their last separate nights of hard-partying singledom, Emma Holden’s fiance has gone missing. Not only has Dan disappeared without a trace, his brother is found beaten and left for dead, and may not wake up from a coma. Without any evidence, suspicion for the attempted murder falls on Dan – but Emma refuses to believe his guilt.
When crime scene photos get splashed across the pages of London tabloids, Emma knows that someone is following her. Watching her. It is an old, familiar feeling, though no less terrifying. A long-hidden family secret seems to unite Emma’s troubled past with her dangerous present. As time runs out her trust in her family, her friends — and Dan — faces an ultimate test.
So, as the blurb suggests the book follows the complete nightmare that happens to Emma Holden. One night her fiancé disappears, and all that is left is the battered and bruised body of his brother in their London apartment. To add to the horror she is now being stalked and is under the gaze of someone who is watching her every move. Emma must uncover the truth not only to find out what happened to her finance but also clear his name as to the attack of his brother (Richard.)
So how did this turn into a DNF at the time for me? Well, it’s just a bit confusing really. It looks like we’re in for a really exciting thriller/who dunnit. Well it just feels a little non-committal. Firstly the main characters are really tiring; Emma is so confusing, waspish and deluded to be completely honest with you. Her finance goes missing and our little Emma doesn’t contact any of her family or his family – for a minute you would be forgiven thinking Emma did it if she wasn’t so dim-witted. At times she flouts the law a number of times (not that the police notice,) and she constantly makes silly comments and she very rarely visits her fiance’s poor brother.
There were so many characters that did so many things I didn’t expect them too; very rarely the police stepped in, other than to clear up the mess Emma was making. Richard (the brother,) bless him, came very close to being killed in the hospital due to no-one seemingly noticing a complete stranger walking over to a potential murder victim and just you know bend completely over him – no one even noticed. The police, the nurses, no ID required – WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS BOOKISH WORLD.
In terms of the writing the author kept repeating and repeated what had happened as though the reader had simultaneously forgotten the last page they had read, or maybe it was for Emma’s lack of brain, seeing as she seemed to have forgotten her fiancés brother was desperately ill in hospital. It’s also very bitty – for example at one point Emma is in a rowdy pub and her phone rings; she thinks the conversation won’t be heard so she goes outside and then repeats this to the person on the end of the line of the phone; you can understand how frustrating that is. Allllll the way through.
The ending parts (which I read through before reviewing) are also equally odd; there were so many things to be said, so many people to reconcile and yet there was none of it; nothing was really said. There was so much potential to make the ending really warm and engaging but instead it fell completely flat. It was such a shame as well because there was space there to bring the book together and make the reader feel more engaged at the end but it was missed.
There were also lots of odd parts in the book that made little sense; at one point a character seems to talk to himself, one chapter makes no sense at all, the police tale reasoned an alibi safe from a woman that suffers from dementia and used her as a viable witness. The version I read was littered with mistakes, errors, spelling wobbles. These have since apparently been wiped out but at the time of reading this only added to the confusion.
I’ve gone on long enough; this book really struggled. I think there’s potentially a really good book here based on the really basic plot-line but for everything else, this really doesn’t work at all.