I first read this book last October, and I remember that I really enjoyed it. Since I pretty much have no memory, I couldn’t recall the details of the story, so I decided I’d reread it since I’ve been into rereading lately.
The story definitely starts off on a unique note with its first line: “I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.” The unnamed protagonist is smart and ambitious, if not a bit misguided. Throughout the whole story, there was a creepy atmosphere, some suspense, and a pretty big plot twist at the end. I was definitely creeped out both times I read it.
The last time I read the story, I remember feeling like the reveal at the end was a bit rushed, unrealistic, and stiff. I felt like the amount of depth and detail was uneven and much more heavy in the beginning than at the end where it was most needed. I didn’t enjoy the open-ended ending and I felt like Flynn could have added a bit more into the reveal or lengthened it into a full-length novel.
BUT this time around, I really enjoyed the lack of detail and the open-ended ending. I still think that it could be lengthened into a full-fledged novel, but I am okay with the way it ends now. The loose ends definitely add to the suspense and creepiness.
There were a few aspects that I didn’t notice last time I read the story, like the theme of karma. The protagonist is a fraud who makes a living by duping people, but she’s the one who gets duped in the end.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, fun, and creepy read.