My Rating 4 / 5
This is, for me, best described as a quirky read. It’s very different to other books out there and the ending could be considered a little ambiguous.
The story follows Max, a recovering alcoholic who dreams about the abduction and death of a girl. He sees the girl and becomes obsessed with her, and she with him. She goes missing and he is implicated in her suspected murder (as he told the police about his dream).
The story is in three parts, the first part follows both Max and Sarah as their relationship develops, then moves onto the police investigation and then finally onto what actually happened to Sarah.
The book is written by a recovering alcoholic and you can tell by the level of detail Roth brings to Max. His understanding of the mind of an alcoholic is key to making this an intriguing story. My only complaint about the book is that, despite the first part being written from the viewpoints of Sarah and Max, the voice of both characters isn’t sufficiently distinct. This made it at times difficult to differentiate between them both. So much so that I was beginning to question if Sarah and Max were one and the same person!
But, all in all, a quirky and interesting read. Well worth a try and an intriguing new author to look out for