One day late, since September ended yesterday, but I'm still going to count this as my fourth and final RIP VIII book, since I finished it during September.
This book is about Marta, a dutiful and devoted housewife who has found herself at loose ends since her only son has left home. Her whole life was built around carefully following the instructions in a book given to her by her mother-in-law, titled How To Be A Good Wife. She's so wrapped up in her family, she finds it hard to remember a time before they existed. In addition to her loneliness Marta has stopped taking her medication and she's catching glimpses of a dirty, disheveled blonde girl from the corner of her eye. That little girl may hold the key to Marta's creeping sense that something is wrong with her life - or is it just a sign of her increasing disconnect with reality?
I was more than pleased with the quality of writing. It's slower than your typical thriller, in terms of action, but the suspense was just what I was looking for. I loved having an unreliable narrator and I thought the ending was amazing.
This is my favorite kind of suspense writing - very psychological, not necessarily gory or gruesome. I think the author did a great job of slowly building up the creepiness and letting things be uncomfortably tense for the reader and the characters.
My one complaint with the book is that I guessed the plot twist on page 76. I think the publisher's description of the book gives away way too much. I never try to guess what's coming in a suspense book and I'm usually surprised by plot twists, but having read the publisher's description, I guessed this one pretty early on in the book. I created my own description for this one based on that, and if you can avoid the publisher's blurb, you may be more surprised.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review!