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This is about to be a BRUTALLY honest review, emphasis on "brutal".

I actually hate this book. I hated The Silent Patient too, but I thought, "Hey, let's give this author another shot." Nope, this author just is not for me.

Here's what I did like: The author is extremely talented in his writing style. It's more novelistic versus a true blue thriller book. The writing style is beautiful and makes me want to power through the book. I loved his settings and character descriptions, and I loved all of the references to Greek Mythology. I think he has the right idea, but the wrong bitch. (Sorry not sorry for the TikTok reference.)

Here's what I didn't love about it: This story has a cast of extremely shady characters, that could basically all be murderers and/or bad people. So much so that it almost becomes too many shady characters. But for the entirety of the book, it points in the direction of the perfect suspect. It's actual insanity how perfectly framed they become. At some point, even the police have to stand back and say, "No serial killer could be this dumb." It's like sometimes when X marks the spot, you have to realize it's a trap. I mean how can the ending be considered a "twist" when you were never convinced in the first place the suspect was ever your guy.

I'll tell you how the author gets away with being known for "huge twists". It's because it's so UNBELIEVABLE I COULD SCREAM. I have seen other people who read this book say, "I figured out the twist halfway through, but I still liked it!" and to that I say, you are insane. There is just no way you could imagine the way this ended. Even if you had, there is NO WAY you understood it. And the epilogue still makes me want to tear my hair out. I can't even talk about it.

Overall, this is "The Silent Patient" all over again. I know everyone loves this author, and that this is a very unpopular opinion, but this is just not what I want when I reach for a thriller.