RELEASED: August 23, 2018
GENRE: Fiction, mystery
GOODREADS RATING: 3.74
MEET THE ADULTS.
Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what’s best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a ‘normal’ family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did – and it’s too late to pull the plug.
Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a rabbit.
Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends – where this story starts – with a tearful, frightened, call to the police…
But what happened? They said they’d all be adults about this…
Although I’m used to writing longer reviews, this is definitely going to be a shorter one. For once, I really left writing it too late and.. apart from the bullet points I wrote down, I honestly don’t remember all that much about this story? Which does say something, doesn’t it?
I’m going to start with the thing I loved most. Scarlett’s POV and her imaginary rabbit! Reading the POV of a kid is so much fun and I honestly looked forward to it all the time.
As far as the writing goes – and accordingly my reading – it definitely went fluently. Switching POV’s made the story interesting and held my attention throughout.
Also the way the book starts with a future event and then goes back to everything leading up to it: definitely something that grabs my attention every time! Add to that the occasional flash forward to interrogations and.. well, you keep getting more and more curious as to what exactly happened.
Because – a holiday with exes and new partners? What kind of people would do that?
Or.. That’s what you’re meant to feel anyway. Me? I didn’t really feel the suspense or the curiosity at all in this one. I wasn’t grabbed by the story as much as I expected to be.
The characters? They didn’t interest me either. Apart from Scarlett, they mostly got on my nerves. Patrick and Matt really did the best job at that. The first for having – excuse my language – a stick up his butt and the latter for being a huge fail at communicating with his other half. I felt sorry for Alex a lot of the time and.. actually dislike how everything turned out at the end.
All in all, this story simply didn’t grab me. It frustrated me more than anything else. It was an okay read, but there are so many things I would’ve liked differently.
What’s the last book you read where you absolutely hated the ending?
Or simply a book where you pretty much hated all characters?