I just finished reading “The New Home”, by Chris Merritt. It is a psychological thriller about a young woman and her fiance who move into a new neighborhood. The main character, Freya, befriends her next door neighbor who promptly disappears along with her young daughter. The entire book is dedicated to finding out what happened to Emily and her daughter.
Along the way, there are several smaller mysteries like, has Freya’s husband met Emily before, what’s the deal with Emily’s husband Michael, and the older neighbur, who is always saying things to confuse Freya, and the reader as well.
While I liked the twists and turns, especially the mysterious excerpts from Emily’s stalker, quite often I felt like I was reading about things that weren’t important to the story. There were almost too many red herrings in the book, and after a while I found myself skimming the pages entirely. The author whould put an idea into the book and then completely turn it around or disregard it completely.
Another part I didn’t like was that the stalker’s motives were never really revealed, and when I found out who the stalker was, it made no sense to me. I couldn’t think of a reson why he/she was the stalker.
Without revealing too much, the ending was not as satisfying as I wanted it to be. I felt amost cheated by the way it was ended because it wasn’t plausible. All of a sudden everyone is happy and normal when throughout the book they are written to appear unstable and shady. I didn’t think it matched what happened throughout the story.
I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.
Happy Reading Everyone! Until next time…
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July 20, 2021 – Started ReadingJuly 24, 2021 – ShelvedJuly 24, 2021 – Finished Reading
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