A fabulous and very dark exploration of the twisted and neurotic minds of the residents of a cliff-top bungalow.
A gripping, page-turning journey, peeling back more and more layers through tantalizing revelations of the past.
Noreen Palmer describes herself as sweet and responsible, but she can’t stop lying about the things that happened in her bungalow perched on a cliff above the ocean.
When Alexandra Mallory and Jared Brady rent rooms in Noreen’s precariously situated home, the danger of falling over the cliff is the least of their fears.
Noreen’s escalating threats force Alex to uncover Noreen’s secrets and right a terrible wrong.
This book was good, but there were some things that didn’t work for me. The good news is that I found myself wanting to set aside time to read this, which doesn’t always happen, even on the best of days with the best of books. It was because I honestly had no idea what the deal was with Noreen, or Alex, or even Jared. They all seemed to be a bit quirky but obviously Noreen was the one who made me shake my head the most, thinking “why the hell would anyone be like this”. (You finally do find out why she was like that but it still didn’t do much for me.) Everything seemed a bit forced, like Jared falling madly in love with Alex after one night, planning their life together after they move out of Noreen’s. I mean, C’mon.
What I didn’t quite get until near the end was how the book is about a woman who is tired of the sexism and obvious hypocrisy women face day in and day out in real life. Alex starts talking about it as the book goes on, and it does ring true. I found myself saying “right on, sister!” Of course, she takes things quite a bit further than the average person but that kind of made for the interesting read the book was. I really enjoyed the chase of finding out why Noreen was the way she was, why Alex was so cool and aloof, and what would happen between her and her roommate Jared. Overall, this book didn’t disappoint, and I was happy with the ending as it didn’t leave me hanging…too much.
**Full disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.