Amanda and Clay are a white couple who leave the hustle and bustle of New York City for the tranquility they hope to find at a luxurious vacation rental in Long Island that they found online. Their (2) teenage children Archie and Rose accompany them for the getaway. The home is remote but has everything one could wish for and more in a summer rental. After settling in, noises followed by a knock at the door startles the couple. A black couple, claiming to be the owners of the home, (G.H - AKA George and Ruth) are in need of a place to stay. They claim to have fled their NYC apartment after some type of blackout has occurred. Amanda is reluctant to allow the couple inside - who are these people and are their claims genuine? Amanda and Clay have reservations but decide to let them stay in the in-law suite. It's hard to know what to believe. The vacation rental has power yet no internet or cable so it's impossible to verify what the couple has told them - Should they trust this couple? What is actually going on?
This is one of those stories that had lots of potential, and, it was hard not to put myself in the shoes of Amanda and Clay. While I loved the set up and the sense of dread that something bad going on or about to happen, most of the story, was scattered conversations between the (6) characters. I just wasn't really sure about the genre and I wasn't a fan of how it all played out.
When I started this book, I knew the reviews were mixed but, I didn't realize that it would be made into a movie for Netflix with Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts. Your can read more about that HERE. I'm wondering whether I will like the adaptation a bit more? I'd be willing to give it a try.
Book Rating - 3/5