Sunday, 17 July 2016

Review: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Kevin O'Brien

No Forgiveness

Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her seventeen-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment…

No Remorse

When a tragedy befalls Damon, it's just the beginning of a nightmare that unfolds. But the worst is yet to come once a dark secret from Spencer's past is exposed. And when Luke is brutally attacked, both of their futures are at stake.

No Second Chance

Now it's up to Andrea to prove Spencer's innocence to the police--and to herself. Because for reasons she has revealed to no one, even Andrea can't help questioning the truth--and fearing that she may be next to pay the ultimate price…

Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by Pinnacle 
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!**

I don't even know where to begin with this book. Lets just say that there were numerous layers, more twists and turns than a roller coaster and an ever growing body count!

Andrea and her teenage nephew moved to Seattle looking for a fresh start after the unthinkable happened when Spencer was only eleven years old. They changed Spencer's last name and kept his past a secret from everyone including her boyfriend Luke. Strange things began happening at their home and Luke had the two of them move in with him and his son Damon, who shared his time between living with him and his mother. When Damon recorded his own murder/suicide on a pod cast and outed all of the students and teachers that bullied him strange things started happening. The people he named started turning up dead. Not only did it seem that someone was murdering these people for his benefit but whoever was behind it seemed determined to frame Spencer in the process.

As I stated above, there were many layers in this book. Spencer's past alone was enough to fill the pages of a book. Then there was the bullying of Damon which was more than enough to fill another book. At first I wasn't sure if it was going to work. I feared that it might be too busy and complicated for the story to be enjoyable. As I made my way through the pages I realised that it wasn't the case. It wasn't complicated but it was complex and I was quickly sucked in. Who was behind the string of murders? Why were they framing Spencer? I wanted answers and that is a strong indication that I am really enjoying a book.

There were multiple sub plots within the plot as well as multiple different points of view. I am a fan of multiple points of view and I thought that it worked particularly well in this book. It created a high level of suspense and added to the "creepy" factor. In fact, I could visualise what this book would look like on a big screen. It would be the type of movie that would have me ducking my head under the blanket every few minutes.

I pride myself in being able to figure out the Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? before the end and I do have to admit that I had it partially figured out very early on. I say partially because the entire thing was so complex and there was an aspect of it that took me till close to the end to figure out. I applaud the author for this and keeping me guessing longer than I usually like to.

I really enjoyed this book and although it was the first book by this author for me, you can be sure that it won't be the last.

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