1/5 – DNF at 31%
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
TW: death and cheating
Another DNF for the month! And another one that was an ARC. It’s not like I meant to do this, tbh. I just ended up here, not enjoying it, and wanting a way out.
The book is, apparently, about a woman — and I can’t remember her name, plus I’m too lazy to look it up — who wants to be an actress but can’t. So she works for a private investigator to get men to show interest in cheating on their wives who have these suspicions already. She videos the men, then they buy the videos to use as evidence.
She gets a case that isn’t so easy to crack, then the wife turns up murdered. And, as usual, the husband gets suspicion turned on him.
Obviously, it’s not good if I can’t remember the main character’s name. She was memorable… kind of. It felt like she was written by a man. While men can write great female characters, I don’t think that Delaney captured her. She felt like a cardboard cut-out, along with all the other side female characters.
Perhaps it would have gotten better if I had stuck with it, but that comes to my second, and main, point:
I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.
Really. I couldn’t get my head around the story and what they were getting this random woman to do. The divorce stuff, I could believe. I could see that since I know it happens with catfishing. Men make choices that they don’t think will effect them, then it comes back it was all a rouse.
But, after that, it got ridiculous. I remember thinking, “Wow. I don’t think I can suspend my disbelief to this point, but I’ll give it a little longer.” A little bit later, I knew I was right. I simply couldn’t believe the story Delaney was trying to spin.
I don’t want to say exactly what since it’s, kind of, spoilers. (Although the description of the book covers 30% of the book.)
This thriller would be great for someone who can suspend their disbelief, but I just couldn’t. Not my type of book.
What was the last book you couldn’t suspend your disbelief over?