Open House by Katie Sise
.ePUB, 238 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2020 by Little A
About the Book:
A decade ago in upstate New York, art student Emma McCullough walked into the woods and was never seen again. It’s a mystery that still haunts her bucolic university town and her broken family, especially her sister Haley, whose need for closure has become an obsession. But now, finally, the first piece of evidence in the vanishing has been found: Emma’s bracelet, lodged in a frozen piece of earth at the bottom of a gorge. For Emma’s three best college friends, for a beloved former teacher, and for Haley, the chilling trinket is more than a clue in a resurrected cold case. It’s a trigger. Then a woman is attacked during an open house, and the connections between the two crimes, ten winters apart, begin to surface. So do the secrets that run as deep and dark as the currents in this quiet river town.
This book was not for me. What stared as a promising plot turned into a hot mess. It wasn't just the writing but the fact that it was predicable, so unbelievable and I didn't find one character with one redeeming quality. Also, I had the who figured out almost immediately and the what was not a big reveal in the least.
What tension there is completely fizzles out towards the end and when this reader was hoping for a plot twist that never came, I'd lost interest well before then anyway but was determined to finish the book. The saddest thing is that there's so much potential in the idea and the book does start out quite promising but ends up falling flat on its arse. Pretty disappointing.
Thank you NetGalley, Katie Sise and Little A for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.