Rock Paper Scissors – Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist. Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was an international bestseller, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is being made into a TV series by Warner Bros. starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. His & Hers is also being adapted for screen by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films. Alice was a BBC Journalist for fifteen years, and now lives in the British countryside with her family. Rock Paper Scissors is her fourth novel and is being made into a TV series for Netflix by the producer of The Crown. It will be published around the world in 2021.

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.

Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.

Book Information: Print Length: 320 Pages, Publisher: HQ, Publication Date: 19th August 2021

My review:

I think that Alice Feeney should be renamed Queen of Unreliable Narrators, because she really is superb at leading the reader down the garden path, over the back gate, towards the side entrance and then turning you around twenty six times until you are so dizzy you haven’t got a clue what side is up and what side is down.

If you haven’t read any of Alice’s books before then I would strongly recommend you do, but be aware that they should all come with a warning that your head will be well and truly messed with and you might suffer a book hangover for a while.

Back to Rock Paper Scissors, this book is cleverly narrated by Mr & Mrs Wright, Adam and Amelia and also with letters written on each anniversary of their wedding for the past ten years.

When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away in an isolated Scottish village, they both see this as an opportunity to sort out their troubled marriage, however when they arrive there someone is watching them closely and doesn’t want them to succeed.

This is a very atmospheric and creepy novel which I found totally addictive and exciting. With only three narrators I was utterly convinced I could work out who was unreliable and who was telling the truth, but as usual my amateur couch detective skills let me down very badly as I was completely blown away when the truth is slowly and cleverly revealed.

Another enjoyable, twisty standalone novel which I would recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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