by Susanna Beard
I would have a much higher opinion of this novel if it had not been described as this: "A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hanna."
Because a "clever" book, I guess. But psychological thriller? Not a chance.
And that was disappointing. To read the entire novel waiting for something beyond the sad story of a now-sad girl after a super-sad tragedy.
But if I was reading this as a sort of recovery from trauma novel, well, that would be different. Susanna Beard's writing is excellent. The story she weaves is quite intricate and her characters are quite interesting. In fact, I would even enjoy reading a sequel in to what becomes of Lisa and her now-next door neighbor. I was genuinely sad when the older fellow's health was declining. And even a little shocked at the behavior of Mike. But "that, a thriller, does not make"!