For the third time this week he is watching her scream. Watching, not listening.
Rebecca Laurence is centre stage and shining in her role as Ophelia. She pivots, rotating like a ballerina impaled in a musical box, red hair cascading down her back. Amidst the thundering applause, one man is watching.
Rebecca meets the charismatic Seth Gardner, and as attraction grows between them, he invites her to join his Friday Folly, a group of artistic friends. But as Rebecca is drawn into the web of tangled relationships all is not as it appears. The scene is set for the night that will rip the group apart.
Consumed by loss and surrounded by secrets, Rebecca must escape the grip of the Folly to have any chance of saving herself. Meanwhile, one man continues to watch.
This was a fantastic and unusual read. It is a suspense thriller, but most of the book you are not guessing who is the killer but what’s going to happen next.
Rebecca, a young actress meets the charismatic Seth. He asks her to join is group of young artists who meets on Fridays and do some art things. Rebecca is drawn to Seth. Seth is the center of this group, all others are all looking up to him, he has the ideas for their meetings, he makes things happen. Each of them brings a special skill to this group. What they all have in common is their admiration and love to Seth. He is generous, funny, really interested in everybody. But he has secrets. Not only about himself, he shares a secret with every person of this group to make this person feel special among the others. He fulfills their needs in some way and their almost worship him for that. Then one day Seth disappears and the group starts to fall apart.
The novel’s structure is very unique. There are normal chapters, the scenes are split with fragments of police interviews. Some chapters are written like plays. At the beginning it was a bit hard to get into it but soon I got used to it and especially the police interview pieces made the read even more gripping.
There are a lot of characters and I was impressed how the author gave each one of them a unique voice. You get to know each of them very well.
After Seth is gone, all of them have to come to terms with the loss. But they also realize how he manipulated them and maybe it was all part of a bigger plan. They must face the fact that Seth wasn’t their generous friend after all. There is a dark shadow of not knowing exactly what happened and why.
This book is very dark. It is very complex and not an easy read. There are also some loose ends and it is possible that maybe at least Rebecca is not safe. After I finished the book and had some more questions. Seth (and the authors) keeps even me guessing what happened and if it was all planed right from the beginning.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is different, more like a literally thriller, dark and suspenseful.
I received this book for free from Legend Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.