By: Dorothy Koomson
Thank you to NetGalley and Mobius Books for the ARC of this book.
After being attacked in her home, Priscilla goes over to Rae’s house with her Diary of Secrets and says that the person who attacked her will be in that book. As the police investigate the attack, Rae keeps the book and learns all the secrets of the neighbors. It seems, most everyone has something to hide, and anyone in that book could be the culprit for attacking Priscilla.
I have not read this author before, but this book was so boring that I don’t know that I would ever read another book by this author again. I do realize that she is a bestselling author, and she is called the Queen of the Big Reveal, but this book was a hot mess.
The writing was so boring, I had to force myself to stay awake to read it, and I have to force myself to finish it. There is useless description – such as the dogs going upstairs – that does not advance the plot of the book at all. It was if the author had a word quota and so she just put words there to fill it. On the other hand, I had no idea Rae was a black woman until well into the book! Would have been nice to have a better description of the characters! Speaking of characters, there were so many characters to follow that it was easy to get them confused at first. It also meant that there was no real character development. All of them just fell flat, and I actually hated every single character in the book. None of them had any redeeming qualities.
I also don’t understand why anyone would think that this book is filled with tons of twists – the author blatantly writes what is going on – there is one twist/reveal and that is the very end of the book. Otherwise, I thought everything else was predictable and instead of little breadcrumbs for a twist, the author left huge ones to the point that when the “twist” was supposed to happen, you’re left thinking “but I knew that already.”
If you like her other books, then maybe this is for you. If that’s the case, you can find it here.