TITLE: The Wrong Move
AUTHOR: Jennifer Savin
PUBLISHED: 23rd April 2020
I received an eARC copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to NetGalley and the publisher Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.
Jessie hasn’t had the easiest time of late, so when she moves into a new flatshare, quickly befriends two of the people she is living with and lands a new job she thinks the tide is finally turning for her and this is the start of great things. But she’s wrong. This isn’t going to be the fresh start that she wanted. Why? Because, the truth is you never fully know the people you are living with.
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On the surface this one seemed to have all the components of a great thriller: broken female lead, suspicious flatmates, a seemingly dodgy agency rep and a lurking dangerous ex. However, for me it just didn’t deliver. As I said all the components were there but I just didn’t feel as though they were developed enough. There was a lot of promise and as each piece was introduced I was excited for where it would lead, unfortunately I was disappointed with the destination. I persevered because I try to avoid not finishing a book if I can, and because I was hopeful for a great twist and a strong ending. Sadly it didn’t have either. I felt as though the ending was rushed, which was a shame because the pacing up to this point had been well executed. I just found myself unfulfilled as the book came to a close.
I don’t anticipate that everyone will agree with me, far from it actually. I took some time to read other NetGalley reviews and whilst there were others that shared similar thoughts there were also a lot that loved this one. I can certainly imagine it performing well as a ‘beside the pool read’ on holiday, you know, the type of book that is quick and easy to while away an afternoon with. Perhaps I just expected too much because it sounded so great. I must admit though that when I finished it I wished I had spent the time reading something else instead, and I hate it when that happens!
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The main character (Jessie) was too self-absorbed for my liking and this didn’t help matters. On more than one occasion I found myself angry at her for not looking at the bigger picture because she was too preoccupied with playing the ‘woe is me’ angle. Also, there were a lot of storylines running alongside each other that could have been really interesting but because they were not explored fully resulted in a messy feel overall.
Despite how I may be coming across, it wasn’t awful, but it could have been a lot better. A durable lead, better character development and a stronger ending, and this would have rated a lot higher with me. I will say however that I love the cover, that along with the synopsis was what convinced me to request this one.
So, would I recommend it? Sadly not. There are better thrillers out there in my opinion that would be more enjoyable.
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MY RATING: 2/5
What are your thoughts? Do you think that you will read this one?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!
Until the next time…Jess x