OK full disclosure. Most of my July and August was spent moving into my new house. Then I guess I rested in September? I’m not sure! But I’m back and I’m reviewing the tons of books that I read since July!
My coworker got me started on Freida McFadden books. I don’t know how many I’ve read now, but I seem to like them. She has a way of leading me down a path where I think I know how it will end, and then slapping me with a totally (or at least slightly) different ending.
Ooh I forgot that I actually took hate notes throughout this book! I shall retype them here instead of doing a synopsis!
Ok our main characters are a newly married couple Tricia and Ethan. They’re house hunting and go to look at this huge house in a big stupid snowstorm.
Enter the hate…
Ethan red flags:
He clearly doesn’t pay attention to the many times Tricia shows that she hates the house
He’s rude about directions (that really bothered me for some reason?)
He kept saying “when we live here” but his wife clearly didn’t want to live there
Tricia is terrified of his temper, and actually talks about how she ignores her friends when they talk about his red flags.
And then I thought they were (not subtly) building it up that he was this narcissistic client of the therapist who used to own the house – rich parents, knew about a random bottle of wine, knew how to find this back in the woods house
He totally gaslighted Tricia about all the weird stuff going on in the house while they were trapped
She keeps saying “I don’t know why my friends don’t like him”
He’s blonde, so he’s naturally evil (that’s a weird thing I have?)
Tricia is pregnant and he doesn’t know, and she’s super scared to tell him. When she finally does get the courage to do it, she’s still scared of him – there has to be something behind it
Again, another random thing that bothered me (nothing to do with the story) – she keeps saying “blue jeans” instead of just “jeans”. For some reason that put me over the edge?
I guess the book kept me reading, but I remember being very frustrated throughout.