Standalone or series
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Why I picked this
The premise sounded amazing.
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Thank you to the author, publishers Orion and online book club The Pigeonhole for the chance to read this for free. This is an honest and voluntary review.
What it’s about
Trapped by an earthquake with a serial killer. The only way to survive is to work together.
Being trapped in a basement in an earthquake is bad enough, but Alice is trapped with a killer who had intended to make her his latest victim.
A fantastically tense and claustrophobic thriller, this book is extremely cleverly plotted. The perspectives switch between Alice, Lucy – who is also trapped during the earthquake, The Sculptor – an artist who targets young women to contribute to their artistic creations, and Bill – a firefighter working as part of a team dealing with the aftermath of the quake.
Despite the jumps between perspectives it’s an easy to follow book, perhaps deceptively so, as at various points I was questioning whether I had read a piece of information or was just assuming it. The author also manages to get a good balance between surprises and clues, so I’m sure some people will figure out the story behind what’s going on before it’s revealed, but I certainly didn’t.
An enjoyable thrill ride.