You won't see this coming

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Ooh this is a dark, twisty story!

Jacob Finch Bonner is a novelist, struggling to make ends-meat and find the right story idea for his next novel when one of his students at the MFA program tells him his plot idea. And what a plot it is. His student boasts that he doesn’t even need to be a good writer to turn an idea like that into an amazing success. Jacob is jealous of the other man’s idea and confidence, but he soon forgets all about it until a couple of years later. He then looks up the student to see if he ever did write that novel, and finds nothing…

I don’t want to give too much away because the joy of reading this novel is being fed each puzzle piece and seeing how it all fits together. I was gripped from the beginning, and while I did work out the ending by about halfway through it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the rest of the story. It’s dark, and delightfully disturbing with characters you’ll love to loathe. Plus, I loved that Seattle is featured (including one of my favorite bookstores, Elliot Bay Books) a couple of times throughout the story.