Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
Closets Open, Skeletons Everywhere.
🧡 The isolated island of Evergreen is an intriguing setting for this tale of family secrets, lies and murder. With no phone service, streetlights or easy access to the mainland, it’s both idyllic and the ideal place for a psychological thriller.
💜 I was instantly drawn in by the catalyst of a body discovered near the childhood home of main character, Stella Harvey. In fact, Perks is fantastic at immediately creating tension with this along with the islander’s mistrust of outsiders and Stella’s memories of leaving Evergreen.
🖤 The main mystery is intertwined with secrets uncovered along the way, providing a steady flow of revelations before the final phenomenal twist.
💚 There are times when this story is slow and there is some repetitive use of language (“snapped” is overused). What’s more, Stella is slightly too rigidly righteous at times. But these are all forgivable in the grand scheme.
💛 There’s a little bit of gothic in this psychological thriller, bringing to mind Heathcliff’s isolated home, Wuthering Heights.