“Here comes a candle to light you to bed, And here comes a chopper to chop off your head! Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead.”
Six friends trapped by one dark secret.
It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.
In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again …
Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay?
Firstly I want to say thank you to Dark Room Tours and Simon Shuster for sending me a copy of this book and asking for me to be part of the bookstagram tour (06/12/2019 – @theanxiousbookworm_).
This was a very different read for me. If you’d have asked me what my favourite genre was a year ago I would have told you crime thrillers, that was literally all that I read. However since discovering the bookstagram world, I have also discovered other genres and have had a break from thrillers. This, however sounded amazing and not like a thriller I had read before. Six friends who attend a music festival, not knowing that their life will not be the same again.
I feel like the book was tense from the beginning and didn’t stop being tense until the very end. I read it all in one sitting on my day off, I just did not want to put it down. I had so many theories whilst reading this book and I am disappointed in myself to say that not one single one of them was correct. I really enjoyed the mix between chapters regarding the present time as well as then moving to the past in between so that we could get to know the characters more and their back story. I really enjoyed reading from the perspective of Matt, he was very much a cloud of anxiety and confusion, and you could tell that through the writing style. Was he imagining things, was he paranoid or were him and his friends really living through hell.
This book mentions difficulty or inability to have children. This is such a small snippet of the book but it made me sit and think. I don’t think I have ever read a book that discusses anything like this. I love how we have essentially three couples who are trying to live their lives in the relationships that they are. Whilst the author doesn’t focus on the relationships in much detail (thankfullY) I did think that this was such an important topic and really showed the authors attention to detail when it came to character development. This happens guys, this is real life! This should not be ignored even in the book world. In modern society today, three couples who are in a room together it is likely that one is having fertility issues or has experienced them before. This should not be a stigma. Bravo, Luca Veste.
The pacing of this book was really accurate, it was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Everything important is kept unexpected, which leads to the reader feeling unsettled. Many theories fly around with no a lot of clarification. I must admit I was slightly unimpressed with the ending. It was alright, I didn’t guess it, but was it realistic? Okay okay, crime thrillers are not realistic however it just felt a bit forced. It was a solid 4 star read throughout until the ending. Oh and the fact that Luca Veste makes fun of the Birmingham accent being awful, yes I know, I am from Birmingham DON’T MOCK IT! Joke.
Anyway, I did enjoy this book and I would recommend that you pick it up and give it a go. The ending was disappointing to me but may not be to many others, I have heard such brilliant reviews and did really enjoy the majority of it.