This is probably going to be the toughest book review I’ve written so far, because I’ve never felt so conflicted about a book since False Witness by Karin Slaughter. Let me tell you what it’s about before Ii attempt to unravel my thoughts. Leigh and Callie are sisters, with a fiercely strong bond but ended up living vastly different lives when they grew up. Callie used to babysit for a young boy, but she was molested and abused by the boy’s father and on one fateful night when things took a turn from worse to hell – Callie fought back and Leigh came to finish the job. Together they hid the body and tried to get on with their lives knowing what they had done.
Of course, the past always comes back to haunt you and that’s what happens to Leigh and Callie. Leigh is a successful defence lawyer but a case is brought to her under unusual circumstances, and it turns out her client is the now-grown up boy that Callie used to babysit for. What’s worse is he’s showing signs of knowing what they did.
So first up, let me lay out the positives so it’s clear I enjoyed this book. The characters are so well written I feel like I know them better than some of my own family members, there is so much detail. The story was dark, and twisty which is definitely my kind of thing. It could be too dark for some though, I’ll admit. I never knew what was going to happen next, nor did I have any inkling about how it might end, so it was easy to keep picking up my Kindle whenever Ii found the time. Towards the end, Callie has an important conversation with a father-like figure to it and it’s one of the best passages I think I’ve ever read. So please know, I liked this book!
However. I’m still sleeping poorly which gives me more reading time and it’s still taken me 3 weeks to read. I’m not a fast reader, I probably average a book every 2 weeks, but with extra time I should have finished this quicker. I don’t know if it was the pacing or what, but it felt never-ending. Also, when everything inside those pages is described and explained in such detail, there is nothing there to make me believe that a teenage girl would be capable of chopping up a man’s body and hiding it. I know the girls had a rough childhood but that seemed extreme, even for them. It was a minor detail I couldn’t move past. It also felt quite over-dramatic towards the end, but I’ll admit it got me reading at a faster pace.
So all in all, I feel a bit mixed!