Published by HarperCollins - AU on May 1st 2016
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Perfect couple; perfect lie. The not-to-be-missed new psychological thriller from Caroline Overington.
We all keep secrets. Some are deadly. Loren Wynne-Estes appears to have it all: she's the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who's landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters ... Then one day a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside the grand school gate, hands her a note ... and suddenly everything's at stake. Loren's Facebook-perfect marriage is spectacularly exposed - revealing an underbelly of lies and betrayal. What is uncovered will scandalise a small town, destroy lives and leave a family divided. But who is to be believed and who is to blame? Will the right person be brought to justice or is there one who got away? An unsettling psychological thriller for fans of Girl on a Train and Gone Girl.
To celebrate Halloween, today I’m reviewing an Australian thriller novel that has been compared to The Girl on the Train.
Told from the perspectives of the stepsister, the journal of the victim Loren, a reporter and a Judge, we discover the life and seemingly perfect marriage between the beautiful Loren and the successful David. As we dissect a number of unreliable narrators and are given second hand information, it’s up to the reader on which person bears the truth – and who’s telling the lies.
I read this thriller in one sitting, which is a credit to the ease of reading even through the multiple point of views. While the start and middle of the novel delivers endless twists and turns, some which had me gasping in delight, the latter half of the novel dwindles particularly when you hear from the stepsister Molly and the preceding court case. I also felt it was rather rushed at times, particularly where it skips over the wedding and some of the hazier details in Loren’s journal.
While the narrative is certainly filled with twists and turns, delivered in order to shock the reader, the lack of foreshadowing made some of these twists rather convenient. Because we are only given a few chapters from each perspective, it’s hard to see anything coming outside of what we’re given. I would’ve liked to hear more about the development of the ending and how this came about. It was also glaring that we never see things from David’s perspective, outside of his interview with the journalist.
Scandalous, thrilling, filled with deceit, lies and sexual intent, The One Who Got Away is a quick, shocking thriller that had me glued to its pages. While it starts to fizzle out towards the ending until the very few pages, I still found it to be a quick and satisfying read with limited depth and development.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a review copy.
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