When I saw this on NetGalley, the bold cover and use of negative space intrigued me. The blurb is excellent, with just enough information for me to want to read to see what happens. And down the rabbit hole I read.
Did he or didn’t he? Real or imagined? These are the questions we think about as we read. I found myself covering the entire pendulum swing between yes and no; real and fake; ruthless monster and helpless victim of circumstances. The format follows a pattern of “present day” and “past journal entry” for each chapter. Once of twice it deviated from this pattern, but I assume it was just an odd formatting issue with my eARC. I predicted the twist ending about ¾ of the way through, but the last quarter of the book changes gears and is worth the build up. I found myself doubting my conclusion all through that last quarter.
The ending left me a bit confused, but I think I like it that way. It plays on the helplessness of the protagonist, and it open to interpretation. I’m awarding five stars, because fans of multiple genres will enjoy this book.