Ciao, amici! I’ve got a book review for you today. Another thriller, because I seem to be addicted to the genre. Sure, I’ll read or write something else on occasion, but I always go back. Today, I have Kevin O’Brien’s The Night She Disappeared courtesy of NetGalley.
A Shocking Cast of Characters
I read a lot of different genres, but I keep going back to mystery/suspense/thrillers. There’s something about the whodunit—and the nerve-racking anticipation of the villain doing it again—that appeals to me on many levels.
When I had the opportunity to read Kevin O’Brien’s The Night She Disappeared, I couldn’t pass it up. It promised all the excitement of genre that I love. And it delivered.
The premise? A husband and his mistress are the prime suspects in his wife’s suspicious disappearance. But it’s not that simple. In this story, the other woman is actually the protagonist. And O’Brien did the impossible—he turned a lying home-wrecker into a fairly likable character. Someone we root for throughout the novel. Or perhaps it was because most of the other cast were infinitely more distasteful. He does know how to craft a reprehensible character who’s easy to hate. That doesn’t mean these are stereotypes, though. His cast is fairly well-rounded and three-dimensional.
The plot moves along at a brisk pace. There were a few instances where I thought the main character was too gullible, but given the extreme stress she was living under, her poor decision-making and clouded judgement is understandable.
The ending went exactly as it should have, though it will likely surprise many readers. I found it satisfying on every level, with each loose end neatly tied. This is an easy 4 stars for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a gratis copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
There you have it. If you’ve read this book, any Kevin O’Brien work, or just want to talk thrillers in general, I’d love to chat. Leave a comment below. Grazie!