The Crooked House

The Crooked House

Book - 2015
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Alison lives her life under the radar. She has no ties, no home, and she spends her days at a backroom publishing job. Which is how she wants it. Because Alison used to be a teenager named Esme, who lived in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from her village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past. Only now her boyfriend invites her to a wedding in her old hometown, and she decides that if she's going to have any chance of overcoming the trauma of what happened, she'll have to confront it.
Publisher: ©2015
New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374131821
0374131821
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 24 cm

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lpreston214
Aug 31, 2016

I agree with most other reviewers that this book started out great but got bogged down towards the end. Still I felt the main character was believable and this was not another book that made the police look dumb. I think in real life they would have reached the same conclusion, even though it turned out wrong. All in all a worth-while read.

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ItsJustAmy
Apr 18, 2016

It had the same problems that many modern Gothic novels have - just too many characters and forced twisty plot lines.

That said, I read it all in one or two sittings.

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4catsdogs
Mar 02, 2016

The first half of the book went well, but then the plot was all over the place, with the heroine racing around frantically as the reader became increasingly confused. Character development was shallow and many of the characters could have been interchangeable. It got to the stage where I just didn't care who had done it; I wasn't invested in the characters and the endless repetition of the murder scenario was annoying.

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ulana2001
Feb 01, 2016

As a psychological thriller, it was really hard to put down once I started to read it.
Towards the end of the tale I felt that it was too confusing and I had a hard time following what I consider to be a very important part of a book, the ending!

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chamc01
Jan 30, 2016

Had to finish it in one sitting. A bit like The Girl on the Train but much more empathetic heroine and more satisfying ending.

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