Ebook, 323 Pages
By: Alex Michaelides
“No one is born evil. As Winnicott put it, “A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating the baby.”
🌟 After the huge success that this book had, I had to add it to my TBR list, I like to read thrillers as a change from the typical fantasy and contemporaries that I usually read. This was a successful BR with Fares, Azrah and Khadidja!
🌟 This book was a bit weird for me because if I am going to be critical as usual, It does not deserve 4 stars! There were many things that were not well done as I will explain now. However, as the famous writer Hamad once said: “This is a thrilling thriller!” Oh wait, that’s me, never mind…
🌟 The writing is not bad, it can be a little cheesy as my friend Fares pointed out, like when he said that he did not need weed because he was high on love! Okay?! Also, the idea is not new at all, I am not an expert at thrillers and I already read this plot before by the one and only, Queen of mystery “Agatha Christie” except that she did it better. Fares and I also predicted the ending while reading this. But it felt like too much coincidences were happening and the author left too many loose ends (her cousin, The “Turkish” patient, the ending?!) that were probably not important and were just thrown there for the sake of confusing the reader and making it less predictable.
🌟 The writing was really atmospheric and we even had to check if the author had to do anything with the field of psychology! The psychiatry ward felt real though to me as someone who has done a rotation there. Although I saw a review saying the system is not like that in the UK which is upsetting and I did not think of that but you can know that these things happen elsewhere in the world! The gang were lucky enough as I told them some extra stories that I encountered in that rotation.
🌟 I also liked that it made us start a conversation and discuss some serious topics like mental illness and cheating and marriage. It was gripping and almost all of us finished it in one day only. The fast pacing and small chapters made that very possible too.
🌟 Summary: This is probably the most successful BR of this year, 4 people read the book in 1 day, discussed many things and all gave it 4 stars! The book was not perfect and some mistakes that are expected from a debut could have been easily fixed. If you are looking for a gripping read then I can recommend this or you can read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie for a similar but better version!