Yttrup gives readers a flawed character driven psychological thriller. Deni was attacked ten years ago and feels she is being stalked today. We don't find the details of the past attack until well into the book. Much of the text consists of Deni's thinking.
I had difficulty with the plot structure of this book. The narrative flips back and forth between three different time periods and I felt that produced a disjointed plot. Another issue I had was the withholding of information. The narrative is written in the first person with long passages of Deni's thoughts. I was dismayed that at three quarters of the way through the book, we find out something about Deni that is an essential part of her life and who she is and what is happening to her. As a reader, I felt blindsided. Yttrup purposely let us think we were part of Deni's life when we were really being fooled.
There is another plot technique Yttrup used that really irritates me. At the end of a suspenseful scene, all looks lost and all goes black for Deni. At the beginning of the next chapter, all is well, Deni has somehow miraculously survived the black and is alive and well.
One other issue is that we are left hanging at the end of the novel with respect to one character, the one who attacked Deni years ago. He is active in the plot up to nearly the end then just disappears without his participation being resolved.
Readers who like a novel heavy on psychological suspense, mostly experienced through Deni's thoughts, may like this one.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Ginny Yttrup is the award-winning author of several books. She writes contemporary women's fiction and suspense. She lives in Northern California. You can find out more at www.ginnyyttrup.com.
Shiloh Run Press, 320 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.