The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg
Series: Fayes hämnd
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Suspense
Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
ARC from Edelweiss
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One look at this stunning cover, and you already know what it was that drew me to The Golden Cage. When I read the blurb, I was surprised. The image has an historical feel to it. But now that I’ve read the book, I see how fitting it is for this Mystery/Thriller. Going back and forth between her past and present, this book is told solely from Faye’s point of view. She’s given up everything for her husband, Jack, and their daughter, Julienne. And while she’s not quite bitter about it (yet,) she is desperate enough to do whatever it takes to please her husband and keep him. Even when he cheats on her and tells her he wants a divorce, she begs him to stay. But he won’t give in. To make matters worse, she signed a prenuptial agreement and is left high and dry upon divorce. All this after the multi-million business he built was successful based largely on her ideas. Faye doesn’t stay down and out for long, though, and a plan is hatched to gain revenge on her ex-husband.
Any joy I derived from this book was in hating every single one of these characters. None of them were particularly likable. There was a lot of bitterness and unforgiveness here, which I can understand. It’s the inability to move on that I found to be the biggest turn off. The book starts off with the end of the story, and I thought for sure I knew how we were going to get there. There was a filthiness here that I found to be enthralling. Faye knew exactly how to use her feminine wiles, and she’d employ them whenever it served her best. Like I mentioned, this book was told between Faye’s past and present, and based on some of that past, I found it impossible to root for her. But there was one particular situation at the end of the book where I didn’t have a choice. I gave in and was rooting for her, and I’m glad that she was able to make the things happen that she did. There was a bit of a slow start, but once it got going, I enjoyed the pacing. There were a slew of secondary characters, a lot of them memorable, and the relationships were complicated. Faye’s characterization was a bit shaky, because there were times she felt like a borderline sociopath, but others where it was clear she cared about those around her. While mystifying, I enjoyed the story anyway.
In the end, my theory did not pan out (which I was glad about,) and the book ended with a pretty big sucker punch. I enjoyed The Golden Cage for what it was – a twisted Mystery/Thriller. But I will say that the fact that this is marketed as female empowerment is incredibly disconcerting to me. In a sort of fantastical way, maybe. But I find it’s much more empowering to move on and enjoy life than to be consumed by past events. I noticed when updating my status on Goodreads that this book is part of a series; I have no idea where it’s going to go from here, but I’m here for it. Knowing Faye’s character, it’s bound to be exciting!
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