‘How can you say things like this? How can you be so blind?’
Since they were kids, Edie, Jake and Ryan have been the closest of friends. It’s been the three of them against the world. Edie thought the bonds between them were unbreakable. So when Jake is brutally murdered and Ryan accused of the crime, her world is shattered.
Edie is alone for the first time in years, living in the remote house that she and Jake shared. She is grief-stricken and afraid – with good reason. Because someone is watching. Someone has been waiting for this moment. Now that Edie is alone, the past she tried so hard to leave behind is about to catch up with her…
I do love picking up a Quick Reads book, they are an ideal bitesize read when you can’t quite choose what to read next, or for when you want to read a book but your brain isn’t quite cut out for a full length novel in that exact moment. The title of Paula Hawkins’ quick read, ‘Blind Spot’, piqued my interest. How was the title going to be brought into the storyline? Was the term ‘blind spot’ used for something that’s unable to be seen in a rearview mirror, or did it have a completely different meaning for this book? I was curious.
It turned out that ‘blind spot’ only came up less than a handful of times and, if I were to be totally honest, I couldn’t quite work out what on Earth it had to do with the overall plot. I do know that background characters, one in particular, had their time in the spotlight after being ignored, which could explain the blind spot a teeny bit. That said, I just was a bit ‘meh….okay’, where that was concerned.
When I first started reading, I was hooked instantly because the opening screamed ‘whodunnit’, and I had so many questions forming in my mind that I just couldn’t wait to be answered. I was excited by the prospect and had high hopes. As it progressed, my excitement waned a bit because I felt as though the rest of the storyline didn’t quite match up to the strength of the beginning. It was as though the concept was being diluted further with each page.
I could definitely appreciate where the author was heading, especially with the uncertain character dynamics and what was portrayed as a possible jealous husband with a wife who had a very close male best friend. I also appreciated, and enjoyed the secretive nature of all of the characters as it gave me something to hold onto. Personally, I felt as though their personality traits and the authors descriptions of her characters was the highlight of the read.
Overall – ‘Blind Spot’ was an okay, three star read which did what it set out to do, just not in a way, for me personally, that created fireworks in the pit of my belly.
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