Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
ARC from Edelweiss and Netgalley
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Sarah Pinborough is an author who has been on my TBR forever, and the amazing cover coupled with the blurb made me know that Dead to Her was going to be my first read of hers. This book was such a pleasant surprise; I don’t think I’ve found a Thriller this hilarious since SCREAM hit the big screen in 1996. (Yep. I’m that old.)
I’ll warn you now – the characters in this book are deliciously unlikable. There’s not a single one of them that doesn’t have some hideous secret, and it makes the games going on in this book all the more fun. While there’s a whole host of characters, we’re following Keisha, the new young wife of significantly older man William, and Marcie, a woman who, by her own admission, is former trailer trash, who married up and is trying to hang onto her husband and their status with all her might. There is so much going on in this book. It’s like Gossip Girl for grown ups, and the first twist honestly left me in stitches. There were so many twists and turns in this story, so many people with so many things to hide, and I never knew where this story was going to go. I felt bad for Keisha, who moved from one trapped situation to another, and who couldn’t escape from the ghosts of her past. Where Keisha was open and honest, Marcie was more of a wildcard, and even while reading her point of view, it felt like this woman had something to hide. (And I don’t mean just the secret that we know she has from the very beginning.) It felt like she had a lot of skeletons in her closet, and I like that we got the points of view from two such very different characters. Keisha was so vulnerable and willing to put everything out there, but Marcie was stoic and hard. It was so interesting reading about both of them. And the women they were surrounded by (traditionally known as ‘old money,’) were so superficial and critical.
This story went by so fast for me. Things never felt like they were dragging, and I didn’t want to put this book down. The only thing that was a bit of a turnoff for me was the part that magic played in this book. It seemed like such an odd element, and I was never sure of its place in the story. I will say that while I didn’t love the ending of this book, it was satisfying enough. And again, there were surprises right up until the last page that gripped me, so I think that speaks for itself. If you’re looking for a Thriller that stands out among the rest with its unique premise, you will, no doubt, enjoy Dead to Her!
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