Disclaimer: The Giver of Stars was kindly gifted to me by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.
From the bestselling, multiple prize-shortlisted novelist Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime…
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…
‘Catherine Ryan Howard is a gift to crime writing. Her characters are credible, her stories are original and her plotting is ingenious. Every book is a treat to look forward to.’ Liz Nugent
Rewind is told in different timelines and these are categorized as “Rewind, Pause, Play and fat forward” thus jolting the reader back and forth within the narrative. This style mimics a video format where one can pause, play or fast forward and it was well executed. The switch between points of views when executed correctly builds suspense as the reader is provided with snippets and it worked perfectly for this story.
Rewind follows Natalie O’Connor a successful lifestyle influencer with thousands of followers on Instagram. I must say, this was the first time reading a book about an influencer. I really found it relatable to the whole story using someone with a bigger following on Instagram to convey certain points. The story is made up of different characters some of them I was not really sure of their motive. These characters are so different which adds to the story and increases interests because you keep thinking how all these characters are related to the main event in the book.
I loved this story and it contains all the ingredients for a cracking thriller: woman isolated somewhere, creepy guys, stalker, and relationship problems.
It is a story of murder and obsession, it is well paced and it touches on the downsides of social media fame. This is another enjoyable read I’d highly recommend. My thanks to the publisher for sending a copy for review.
Title: Rewind; Author: Catherine Ryan Howard; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Published: 22 August 2019; Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller, Psychological Fiction; Pages: ; Buy: loot
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