A story with potential fell flat.
Flatter than a crepe on the Champs-Elysee.
Vanessa’s the ex-wife of Richard. He’s marrying his younger fiancee and Vanessa’s not thrilled by the news. However, she’s not quite the scorned wife and she seeks to warn Emma of what her impending marriage may mean. Who’s trusting? Who’s not?
I’ve seen this story before.
Vanessa, the ex-wife teetered on a fine line between reality and mental collapse, while her ex-husband, Richard, the un-Prince Charming moved on with his assistant, the young and seemingly gullible Emma. Jealous wife? Stalker? Or, someone with enough info to save another woman’s from a downfall?
But, I’ve seen these characters before. More on that later.
1. I liked the epilogue. I wish we would’ve got more of that in the actual story.
2. Vanessa’s definitely an unreliable narrator and we’re never sure if she’s on the right or wrong end of this story.
3. Average writing. I definitely sensed Vanessa’s impending collapse, but I would have preferred the authors’ pushing the limit.
1. It mirrored The Last Mrs. Parrish big time. Same first wife drama. Same almost resolution. Same second wife being more than what she seems. Richard is Jackson. Jackson is Richard. Plot points resemble each other. Two authors. Plagiarism? I hope not.
2. The plot fell flat. First, we receive two different perspectives in the beginning and then one’s dropped for one. Like how do you drop one perspective as the story goes on? Second, plot points die and change as if one wasn’t working out in the midst of writing.
3. The present and past blurred. If it’s intentional, based on Vanessa’s mental state, fine. But, I would have liked clearer execution because it annoyed me as I read. Editing would have truly worked, if someone paid attention.
4. While mostly quick, parts of the story lagged for moments that don’t pay off in the end.
5. Jackson’s supposedly charming, but I never saw how. He’s lukewarm and cold. How did he manage to get these women to fall for him?
The story’s a bit over-hyped, but it’s an okay read. Unfortunately, it mirrored the aforementioned book and The Girl on the Train more than necessary and never reached its full potential.