Think you know the person you married? Think again…
Things have been wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.
Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts–paper, cotton, pottery, tin–and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.
Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.
Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.
What I Loved
This is one of those stories that I’m going to tread very carefully in this review to avoid giving anything away, so please excuse the brevity. First, I absolutely am crazy for all the twists and turns this story took. The first one caught me by surprise and made me want to go back to the beginning and reread the story knowing this bombshell that was just laid at my feet – it was that shocking. And that was just the first twist. It was quickly followed by many more that each was even more jaw-dropping than the last.
The narration is superb. Three different first-person unreliable narrators are clearly marked at the beginning of the chapter. The narration is interspersed with a letter to the male narrator, Adam Wright, by his wife each year on their anniversary. This makes the timeline a bit erratic, but I didn’t have any trouble following along and feeling confident that I knew the when and the who.
The whole book has a very pervasive creepy atmosphere that turns slightly scary at various junctures. The atmosphere kept the suspense level high, and the short chapters kept my focus and the pages flipping rapidly. And considering Adam wrote screenplay adaptations for scary thrillers, it is totally an appropriate setting. It would have been a much different book if it had not been told in just that precise location.
What I Wish
My only wish is the Alice Feeney keeps writing these wonderful psychological thrillers.
I can’t really say that I had a favorite character though I also did not dislike any of the characters, per se. My feelings changed for each of the three main characters during the story. Adam is a screenplay writer who adapts books for the screen. Amelia is his wife, and she works at a dog shelter. And later in the book, Rachel comes on as a third narrator. She lives near Amelia and Adam’s vacation spot. Each character is developed enough that no secrets are given away before their time but not so well that I felt like I knew them. I was good with this very focused development because I understood it was the price for those deliciously wicked twists and turns.
Reminds Me Of
It reminded me of Alice Feeney’s last book before this one, His and Hers. Feeney has a very distinctive style that I just love.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love dizzying twists and sharp, angular turns, this latest book by Alice Feeney will have you throwing your hands in the air in unabashed joy.