Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: November 9th 2018 by Avon Books UK
About the Book:
Can you keep a secret? We're asking you to request this psychological thriller without knowing anything at all. If you're approved to read, please keep everything a secret until Halloween when we will reveal all.
There’s a stranger in your home…
When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again. But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do. As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?A haunting and twisty story about the lies we tell those closest to us.

This book gets the dreaded ok. I didn't like the main character very much - she seemed to make every mistake and bad choice possible, and she wasn't very likeable, which is a problem with a first-person narrative. While her actions, decisions and unpleasantness may make her a more realistic character, it makes for a frustrating reading experience as we watch her make one bad choice after another - sometimes even the same bad choices multiple times. We should have seen Caro grow and become smarter toward the end. That didn't happen. She was just strung along by chance happenings. She didn't learn or overcome her problems. Or even try. Things just happened to her and she kept her bad choices throughout the story. The book had many great reviews so I wanted to love it but it was just really unbelievable and boring. Kind of like those scary movies where you go really? The girl's gonna go into the house all alone? That was this book.

Thank you NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Sophie Draper for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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