The Winter Girl; Matt Marinovich
Doubleday - 2016
I enjoy a creepy read from time to time so when I saw this book compared to Gone Girl, I was anxious to try it. The story hooked me early on but, was far from perfect.
Scott and Elise are a married couple and after just four years of marriage, theirs is in a rut. It's winter and the couple is staying at Elise's father's house in the Hamptons - Victor's a loathsome man, dying of cancer, but not fast enough for the couple. Elise, a speech therapist, is on LOA and Scott, isn't doing much of anything these days, except helping himself to some Victor's alcohol.
As weeks turn into months, Scott becomes overly curious about the house across the street whose lights go out at precisely 11:00pm each evening. One day when Elise is at the hospital visiting her father, he breaks in and before long he gets her to snoop along.
It's a delicious premise which quickly drew me in but, what happens with the rest of the story was just too far out there to be believable. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities and they make one bad decision after another. Things soon get violent, gruesome and sexually graphic. I felt that the writing seemed more designed to shock rather than surprise, and, the only similarity to Gone Girl, IMO, seemed to be that both couples were equally unlikable. Perhaps some psych thriller lovers will enjoy this more than me but, this one just wasn't my thing.