Kind of all over the place in a good way

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I was provided an audio ARC of this book via Netgalley and Macmillan Audio, all opinions are my own.

The narrator was very good. The pacing of the audiobook was excellent and the narrator does a good job voicing each one of the characters.

This book was really interesting. The pacing was good and I liked the way the story was told. I was hesitant to pick this up as I haven't read The Silent Patient and I didn't love The Maidens. The cover kept calling to me and I'm so glad I took a chance on this. I ended up really enjoying it! This is going to be hard to review without giving spoilers, but I will do my best.

This was an interesting whydunit mystery. It is told from the perspective of Elliot Chase, and as the story progresses you quickly realize he is a very unreliable narrator. His tale of what happened that night on the Greek island owned by his best friend Lana, continues to morph and change as he tells his tale. The way this is told is certainly unique. The story is told in parts similar to a play, which after reading the book the structure makes more sense. As each act unfolds we learn more about Elliot and more about what really happened or didn't happen on the island. We get closer to finding out who the murderer is and what their motivations really were. I feel like to say anything more would spoil the book.

This book isn't going to be for everyone. The way this is told from Elliot's perspective and the way he tells the story is not going to appeal to every reader. I actually enjoyed it, but it will not be to every reader's taste. Unreliable narrators can be hit or miss for me, but it really worked well here and the author did a good job. Because the story is told in parts, the timeline isn't straightforward or linear, I'm normally not a fan of that either but again it really works here and the author does a great job filling in the blanks and making it make sense. This is something else that won't be to everyone's liking.