A girl haunted by her fears decides to move to a different country with her past giggling in her ears. She knows it will be tough, but people in her apartment helps her in her recovery. Well, you can't hope for complete relaxation with a girl being murdered next door! But, she is surprisingly calm under such circumstances. Is that because she has glimpsed through the lying eyes of the people who surrounds her or is it her absent - minded self that don't even remember of changing the features of a portrait she has just finished!
I wanted my first book by Peter Swanson to be "The Kind Worth Killing" but its seller delayed in delivery and I ended picking up this book instead. And, I am glad that it was actually a really good read. However, I can't compare it with his other works. Maybe once I receive the first book, I can do a comparison.
About the book, I can say that you don't have to grab to the "WHODUNNIT" question till the very end as more or less it gets clear halfway through the book. But, still, the intensity do not recede till the last pages. I liked the main character with all her imperfections. It was really funny when, with a knife sticking out of her back, she asked the cop if something was there in her back! And, I also loved the concluding period. Overall, a fascinating thriller to read in the cold, wintry evenings.
I am an avid reader of this genre and I had absolutely loved Season's previous work, which I had started after a lot of misgivings. However, I cannot day that I enjoyed this book as much as The Kind Worth Killing. The plot did not seem as tight and engrossing to me as the others in this genre. True, the plot has potential and throughout the first part, which actually makes up for almost 70 percent of the book, I was hooked. But, somehow, the denouement felt rather contrived and, um, not as convincing.
I finished this in one sitting, took all morning. Peter Swanson never disappoints. Although if you're looking for a whodunit, this one probably isn't for you. I loved the rainy Spring atmosphere that was set up. Basically, none of the characters were annoying and the story didn't drag on. If you picked this one up for a cozy, rainy afternoon you wouldn't regret it. I'll eventually get around to writing an *actual* review.