//I received this book from NetGalley, and that in no way affects my opinion.
Title : My Girl
Author : Jack Jordan
Genre : Psychological thriller, Adult
Goodreads summary :
Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.
She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.
Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?
Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.
But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.
This book wasn’t the toe-curling, blood-chilling, mind-fucking thriller it promised to be. Apart from, like, one major twist about 50% into the book, it did not even throw any suprises at us. But, looking at it from a character-oriented and psychological point of view, it did a good job of bringing out the true emotions, of both the victim and the villain, and portraying them all pretty aptly. Overall, a good read, but can you give it a miss? Probably, yes.
1. Characterization : The way the various characters are portrayed was well done, and the author made sure to bring out the most vital and humanistic emotions in each character and situation. The maniac villain’s mind is bared open, and the terror and trauma of the victims is perfectly done. You can see that it is a character-oriented thriller, and the psychological aspect never disappears.
2. Pace and Length : Thrillers, unless they are extremely, extremely well done, tend to get tedious if they are dragged on for too long. Thankfully, the book si fo perfect length, and the pace is fast (in fact, a bit too fast in someplaces) and it doesn’t take long to read the book. What’s interesting is, in spite of the book being something you can fly through, you still can have a good idea about each character, and the book pays attention to character details and development too.
3. Story : The story line is interesting, the execution not so much. There are two basic storylines (one of which is abandoned in the middle of the book, I’ll write about it in the cons) and both the stories are pretty intriguing. At least, intriguing enough to keep you reading.
1. Abandoned plot : WTF?! The summary of the book says that she finds her dead husband’s gun in the house…and I was so effin’ interested by that story but then boom! It is completely forgotten in the book, to be taken over by a less intriguing plot. I was literally, like, what happened to the gun??! When the gun story starts, we do get some advancement, and things happen, but right in the middle of the book, it is completely shoved aside and that sucks. Why would you do that? And if you didn’t have a proper conclusion to the gun story, then why introduce it in the first place?
2. Too less detail to the mystery/thriller aspect : While the author made sure tot detail and sketch the charcaters well, he completely failed in the mystery aspect. Some of the things were too hurried up, and it all made up a really bad picture.
If you are a psychological thriller lover, I’m sure there are loads of other good books out there. You can give this is a miss, easily.
A ‘good book’ or a ‘good read’?
An unimpactful book. An okay read.