Updated: Oct 14, 2018
A intentional confusing psychological thriller that may just get under your skin
Poppy‘s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during a morning run in Manhattan. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spirals into a dark depression and disappears for several days, only to turn up disheveled and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. She can’t remember where she was or who she was with. She was hospitalized with a nervous breakdown. As her depression continues she is unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she is imagining. She believes a hooded man is following her, she remembers a night club, an a woman covered in blood, but she may be hallucinating. And there may be drugs involved. She is determined to resolve the mystery of her husband’s murder but things are just so confusing.
A psychological thriller that will intentional make you as confused as Poppy feels. The book appears to be a scattered mess. Timelines are confusing, I couldn’t tell what was real, what was imagined, or what was just part of a dream. And then you figure out that it’s an amazing twist on the reader by author Lisa Unger. She wants us to feel Poppy’s confusion. She wants us to know what Poppy felt like. I did feel just as lost and confused as Poppy. Well done, Lisa!
The story, while intentional confusing, keeps you on the edge of your seat with unrelenting tension. The book is filled with many flawed characters who are just perfect for the story. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Park Row
Published October 1, 2018