I got contacted by Simon and Schuster and was sent an ARC of this book to review. Hello, coolest moment ever! I was thrilled to get to read this book and the book definitely delivered. Since the book comes out onto shelves next week, now is the perfect time to give it a quick review!
As the poster above says, there is definitely a Gillian Flynn vibe going on almost immediately, when our protagonist Ani FaNelli is wedding registry shopping with her fiancé and imagines plunging the knife she's holding into his heart. Immediately, we are sucked into the twisted world of Ani, and how she went from being TifAni, new girl at school, dying to fit in, to Ani, magazine writer with a fiancé to kill for. However, there is an underlying tension that Ani can't quite shake and a past that won't stop haunting her. With a wedding approaching and her past catching up to her, will she ever be able to leave TifAni behind?
This book definitely had me flipping through the pages voraciously, eager to find out what was going to happen next. My biggest issues with the novel were the under developed characters (everyone felt quite one-dimensional except for Ani) and the twist is pretty much guessable far earlier than you'd want in a thrilling book. I was quite pleased with how the book ends (which, obviously, I won't give away!) as I definitely felt there was character growth on the part of Ani but I really could have used some more characters to relate to. Most everyone seemed pretty unlikeable, Ani most of all, though I did begin to root for her near the end.
All in all, I think this book was a 3.5 half stars out of 5. There is quite a lot of sexual assault that occurs in the book, so if that is triggering for you, I wouldn't recommend it. However, if you're looking for something to fill that Gone Girl void, this is a quick read to get your heart going a little bit faster.
Thanks Simon and Schuster!