Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 416 (ebook)
Source: Scribd App
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Review Date: December 5, 2016
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart.
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”
From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda's demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse--one they both cannot survive--with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
Telling this story from multiple points of views helps us to really get to the bottom of the character motivations. None of the people in the book are "good". They are all hot messes that lead to disastrous situations. The story starts off alternating between Ted and Lily. Both present day and in the past. Their history unfolds and we learn about them and their situations. As the story goes on, the two main points of view change characters. The more sides of the story we see, the more involved the plot becomes.
Swanson weaves a dark and twisted tail that opens the conversation around murderers...are they really born or made? Chew on that for thought. In the meantime, if you're a fan of Girl on the Train, In a Dark Dark Wood, Gone Girl, and other dark psychological thrillers, you'll want to give this a read.