Literally (get it, nudge, nudge) the best beginning paragraph for a thriller is in the Third Mrs. Durst.
“Some people just need killing. And maybe I’m one of them.”
But the problem with such a great hook on the first page is that it may give away too much of the plot. If you read the rest of paragraph, you really don’t need to read the thriller. The plot is right there out in the open. Now, it might have been okay if it was a reverse thriller like Memento or DOA, where the reader knows some of the answers upfront but not the why. However, this book wasn’t that clever.
Unfortunately, the characters were totally unlikeable too. Overall, the Third Mrs. Durst was not my cup of blood. The violence against women, the graphic rape scenes, the emotional abuse and even the wham bam thank you ma’am LGBT scene didn’t feel organic. They felt like staged scenes between Barbie dolls and one incredibly evil Ken. None of those things are triggers for me. At least they weren’t before this book. 2 stars.
Thanks to Midnight Ink and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.