The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
You know that feeling when you pick up a thriller that makes your heart beat so fast if your chest, that the thudding noise actually scares you? Those are the exact feels that I had with this book.
Most of the twists and turns are completely unexpected, and this is coming from a thriller reader who likes to play the predicting. Truly, some things were predictable, but they were always revealed in such a light that sent chills down my spine. I absolutely could not put this book rollercoaster of a ride thriller down!
This story follows the murder investigation of a very young child, who changes the life of the ex-cop and our narrator Nicole Foster. All of the character are very dysfunctional and full of flaws, and lies and betrayal run deep in these relationships. Also this is an intensely focused physiological thriller, with portrayals of mental illness and gambling addictions.
Sure she [Nicole] messed up, and I still don't know if she made the right choice at the end, but I can understand what place she's coming from and roughly where she wants to go. There's a window of time into her past, which I could appreciate because the flashbacks develop character growth. She doesn't stand up for herself enough, and was and is a sorry excuse of strength in character. Still, I couldn't help but say that she was a tolerable narrator, who was often straddling the moral line of right and wrong.
It's a couple of days later, and I still can't make sense of what the hell happened in the ending. I think that has to do with the fact that all of the characters were nonredeemable in my sight, but at least it made me stop and think. The impression that this book made will stay with me for a long time.
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
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