I find the story of main character Rachel very out of the ordinary. She is a nonentity who is fanatical about her ex-husband. Anna, who is Rachel’s ex-husband’s current wife, has interesting take about Rachel. Then there is a third character named Megan Hipwell who has got nothing to do with other two but comes across as zany, oddball and confused. Each one of them rationalize their side of the story in first person – as in that is how the book is written. Their lives intertwine when Megan disappears and all and sundry is on the suspect list including Megan’s husband. Rachel is prone to black-outs and drunk dialings to her ex-husband courtesy her drinking habit. Many pages elucidate her monotonous life where she sets off to London every day and pretends to work though she has been fired months ago from her job. She does this so her roommate does not chuck her out for not paying rent of apartment that she stays in.
The book is un-put-downable after Megan’s desertion as it catches national fancy where news of hers is presented in leading newspapers as well leading news channels. Scott Hipwell (Megan’s husband) is the prime suspect. Readers have a sneaking suspicion when they come to know that Scott lives on the same road as Rachel’s ex. This combined with her frequent blackouts after drinking binge makes the narrative intriguing and leave readers wanting for more.
First few chapters dedicated to monotony of Rachel makes for a tiresome read and readers have misgivings about their book selection every time they turn a page. However, when the narrative reaches its pinnacle on Megan’s desertion, story starts unfolding at rapid speed. As a matter of fact, it becomes a page-turner faster than any James Patterson novel. At times, it is spooky and scary. A must read! I give it a 4.5/5. Happy reading!!!
First few chapters dedicated to monotony of Rachel makes for a boring read and readers re-doubt their book choice everytime they turn a page. However, when the narrative reaches its peak on disappearance and past life of Megan Hipwell starts. It picks up speed faster than any James Patterson novel. At times, it is spooky and scary. It is a must read. I give it a 4.5/5. Happy reading