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I haven't read Adele Parks before; thus, Both of You seemed pretty delightful to me. This psychological thriller plays with your mind and takes you on a short who-dun-it spree. But the curtains are drawn too soon to relish the aftermath of a tremendous mid plot twist.
The story is based on two women and their sudden disappearance. The two women protagonists are present in extremely different situations yet there is an uncanny similarity in their circumstances. While Leigh Fletcher is a young woman who has a loving husband and two stepchildren, Kai Jansenn is a childless woman who is happy in her own skin and appreciates what she has rather than crying over what she doesn’t. The story begins when these two women suddenly disappear. As the mystery unfolds, real intentions are unmasked and the readers are treated with improvisatory twists.
With a crisp and engaging narrative, the story doesn’t fail to impress. It is interesting to read Leigh’s monologue about her ignorant children and her constant struggle to cope with her mental peace. It is also interesting to draw parallels between the characters of Kai and Leigh. What didn’t quite fit well with the narrative was an abrupt climax. Nevertheless, Both of You is interesting suspense that is sure to provide some genuine hair-raising moments.
Weird people do weird things. Things that are not explanable, things that are illogical and things that are surreal. Well, Adele Parks introduced me to a lot of weird people through this book. The world is indeed scary, gahh! I must stop viewing everything through rainbow tinted glasses! 🤦♀️
I really enjoyed how the story began. Leigh Fletcher narrates in first person and talks about her marriage. She has the perfect family. Nice husband, two step children whom she adores more than anything. And then another woman, Kai Jansenn is from quite an opposite world. Childless, yet quite happy in her marriage too. Living in a rich and luxurious neighborhood does help. And then one week, both disappears.
Okay, so yes the narrative was pretty amazing. There's a huge reveal right in the middle of the novel, and honestly, I did not see that coming. But then, I do have a knack of guessing plot twists and endings and in this case, the fact that I was actually able to do so didn't help. You don't like a surprise that you're already expecting, right? So yeah, something like that happened. I feel pretty smug about being right most of the times, but I must admit, it is I who lose. I really like a good shocker, a mind-blowing twist that turns everything upside down. I meet those endings with the exuberance of a pup, so I guess you have already guessed how I felt about this one. The blurb almost misleads you into thinking that there's a lot of police procedural involved, but I was disappointed that there wasn't much in real. I just hoped DC Clements did some more digging and stuff. And that ending, yes I was expecting it but I was also expecting more from it. However, I did not like how it did. To put it more clearly, it wasn't satisfying. I believe performance wise, this thriller was an inverted-U curve in terms of a graphical analysis. In short, it kinda accelerates upto a point and then decelerates to a dead stop.
Don't let this discourage you though. I just somehow figured it out, so the shocker was ruined for me but it just might not be the case for you. So do give it a chance, if not anything, it's definitely a decent thriller. Just not mind-blowing enough.
The protagonists were Leigh, Kai, Fiona, Mark, and Dann. Leigh and Kai, we're independent women. They like to be free always. They were very so beautiful. Fiona was a friend of Leigh's.
Mark was a widower he lost his wife because of cancer. He had two sons named Oli and Seb. They were two adorable kids. Leigh loved those boys and ended up in stepmother to them. They lived a very happy life with their kids. Leigh was so carrying a parent that's impressed Mark so much about her. When they thought all going well and fine one fine day Leigh went to work she doesn't come back. No one knows where she was gone. Their family shattered into pieces.
Few miles apart Kai Married a rich Dutch businessman Dann. He was a very handsome and very rich guy. Kai was fell for his beauty and wealth. They loved each other and ends up in a marriage. They lived in their posh penthouse in London. While Kai went missing in thin air without any trace. Dann was so upset with the sudden disappearance of his beloved wife.
DC Clements started investigating both cases.
What happened then? Where Leigh and Kai went missing? Did they kidnap if yes who and why they kidnapped them? Does DC Clements can crack this case and find the victim? What are the difficulties she had gone through? Did they alive in the end? Read it and find out.
The twist and turns were really amazing. Most of the twist was unexpected and very sudden. Know can guess it's coming it's unpredictable. It's was a very interesting book to read. It keeps you guessing till the last page. That's was amazing you know. I enjoyed reaching this.
I recommend this to read and feel the same. Hope so!! Happy reading :-).
I get the impression that Adele Parks is padding out the story to get up to 90k. She writes alot of back story, which I think reduces the suspense . It is not one of her best. There are also some gaping plot holes and a series of coincidences which stretch the credibility of the story. The characters are shallow and unconvincing. The story is set at the start of lockdown but the detail is added as an after thought. I don't want to discuss the plot as that would create spoilers but I think the hook had potential , but the story written seems to be a bit of a box ticking exercise. I guessed the reveal, which led to a disappointing ending. Not a good review, I'm sorry to say.
Adele Parks' previous novel, "Just My Luck" was one of my favourite reads of 2020, so I was very much looking forward to getting my hands on her latest offering. "Both of You" is an enjoyable, (mostly) well-paced and, at times, ludicrously amusing read, but it doesn't hit the high notes in the way that "Just My Luck" managed to do.
It is difficult to touch directly on much of the plot without disclosing spoilers, so I will refer you to the official synopsis as an outline rather than risking further details here. Suffice to say that the very premise of the story does require the reader to buy into an unlikely, but just about plausible scenario. I was quite happy to grant the author the necessary artistic licence and allow myself to be carried along with the entertaining storyline that she was creating.
The cast of characters are almost exclusively either dislikeable or unlikeable, but that is very much the essence of what makes this fun to read ... they deserve their comeuppance and there is a crude joy in watching it unfold. There is a mystery element underpinning the plotline too. Adele Parks throws in some red herrings and deliberate misdirection, but seasoned readers of the genre will have pieced together most of the puzzle by the time the solution is officially revealed.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the novel (I do find Adele Parks' writing style quite engaging), I was a touch disappointed by the final 10-15% of the book. Developments had been so carefully constructed prior to that point, but then it suddenly all seemed a bit rushed. It was a little reminiscent of long-running serial dramas on television, when the scriptwriters have clearly been informed that there will be no subsequent series, so they need to swiftly tie up any loose ends in the final two episodes.
Overall, this was an enjoyable romp and I will no doubt be back for the author's next piece of work.