I certainly like thrillers sometimes and in this year of reading a ridiculous number of books, I've read more than I usually do. And I've discovered that I like them well-written and gritty (Gillian Flynn and Do Not Be Alarmed come to mind), or literary (Tana French), or wildly over the top (like My Lovely Wife) or solidly well-written, clever, and atmospheric (Jane Harper, the Kate Burkholder series). It's the middle of the road ones (Riley Sager, The Silent Patient, Jar of Hearts) that bore and annoy me with their shoddy writing and not even a finger-hold in reality. If only I could be sure what I was getting when I start a book! Anyway, this falls in the solid, well-written category and it's probably a 3.5 star rating for me. Like in dozens of other books of this ilk, there's a missing girl and while Jewell doesn't necessarily do anything ground-breaking with that, she wrote a page-turning, immersive story with clearly delineated characters I believed in.

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