Release Date: September 5, 2019
My Rating: 🍪🍪🍪
Rewind starts off with a bang, or, a stabbing, if we’re being more specific. In any case, murder takes place early on in the story, and then we pause and rewind back in time to start filling in backstory. Honestly, the format of this book seemed unnecessary, even though it comprised the entire premise given the title. I think it could have been written more effectively as a straightforward narrative and nothing would have been lost. I’m not sure what was behind the decision to have it jump around the way it did. A large part of the plot focuses on video recordings, but if that was the main impetus behind structuring the entire book this way, it seems kitschy and unnecessarily pushy.
Despite occasionally being hard to follow because of its format, the plot of this book was intriguing. As always, it is refreshing to get my hands on a thriller that doesn’t read like a thinly veiled copy of another book. This one was very unique. It centers on Natalie, an up-and-coming Instagram influencer, and Audrey, a young writer who takes it upon herself to pursue and report on Natalie’s disappearance.
Much of the story takes place in Shanamore, a largely deserted seaside village, and at a set of holiday rental cottages there. The setting and the distasteful characters who lived there were very well depicted, and I felt distinctly uncomfortable reading about them. The scene was well set up for a murder.
There were a lot of pieces to this book and I was dubious that they would all fit together. The wrap-up did not seem entirely believable, but it did combine all the threads of narrative into a package that made sense given everything that had happened. For the most part, I was sucked into this story, but it wasn’t my favorite. It was more of a detective style of story than I was anticipating. As Audrey tries to assert herself as a reporter, and the police get involved, it trended towards the detective genre, which I don’t usually like. If you’re a fan of those, as well as thrillers, you’ll probably find Rewind to be a more compelling read than I did.