This book is labled as a psychyological/thriller drama involving a host of characters to which I only slighted warmed. Is it wrong to let a character name put you off? Let me just start with that – one of the main characters, or I should say a supporting character – named Roan Fours. Maybe it’s just me but Roan Fours sounds like a game or an intersection. He was not a likeable or sympathic character.
The main character is a 17 year old girl named Saffyre Maddox who went through some heavy trama early in her life. Roan Fours was the young woman’s child psychologist when she was 10 years old, helping her get over self harming herself. Three years of sessions and he stopped therapy. We follow 17 year old Saffyre along as she sits outside the Fours household, watching the comings and goings of Roan, his needy haunted and suspicious wife Cate and their two children Georgia and Josh.
The abandoned lot Saffyre sets up camp is next to an apartment building where 34 year old virgin Owen Pick (yes, he is described this way in the book) lives with his aunt. He and Saffyre exchange greeeings some days but otherwise they do not intersect in each other’s worlds. Owen is looked upon as the “creepy guy” at work and by the neighbors on the street.
There are random attacks on women in the area, grabbed from behind and groped, some raped. Thankfully there isn’t vivid detail of the attacks, just suspicion thrown around. During all this Saffyre suddenly disappears. I she hiding or dead? You will wonder if it’s creepy Owen or the son Josh or the misogynistic Harrison John who makes his appearance near the end of the book.
This was my least favorite of any book authored by Lisa Jewell and I had difficulty connecting to anyone. No empathy from me on any of them…ok, maybe Saffyre’s uncle Aaron but he does not get a big part in the book.
Some food mentioned throughout and of course the curry grabbed my attention.
Much thanks to NetGalley for the complimentary ARC copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review. Just because I wasn’t thrilled with this book does not mean I wouldn’t read more by Lisa Jewell. The Family Upstairs was good and I enjoyed The House We Grew Up In as well as I Found You but…this one wasn’t for me.
This book is scheduled for publication October 2020.
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