Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Published September 7, 2021 by Flatiron Books
Date read: September 27, 2021
Adam and his wife Amelia
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
Think you know the person you married? Think again…
Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.
Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts – paper, cotton, pottery, tin – and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.
Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.
I’ve loved ⅔ of Alice Feeney’s backlist (His and Hers and Sometimes I Lie), so I was extremely excited to receive an early review copy of Rock Paper Scissors.
The story is told through three POVs: Adam, his wife Amelia, and Robin, as well as through letters to Adam from his wife. I’m a big fan of the remote winter getaway as a setting, especially in a closed-room or semi-closed-room situation.
Overall, I do think this one lived up to my expectations. The plot unfolded at a really good pace. I was on my toes the whole time trying to guess what was happening–I love a thriller where I’m fully engaged with the plot. I was able to guess some of the twists but not all of them.
These characters are all flawed and I didn’t necessarily like any of them, but I don’t think it detracted from my enjoyment of the story. I think part of reading thrillers is getting to hate all these awful people doing interesting-if-questionable things!
I loved how their dog Bob was used to further the plot! The dog is always my favorite character. The face blindness was an interesting device as well: I’ve seen it on shows like Criminal Minds, but this was a new thriller book theme for me.
I do think there were a couple of plot holes (disclaimer: I read an advanced copy so these may have been fixed since). They obviously come with spoilers, so I’ll have a blog post up soon to discuss them if you’re interested!
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