Top positive review
Pulls out all the stops!
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019
You know a book is good when it makes you feel ALL the feelings on the emotional spectrum from shock to disbelief to frustrated rage and back. Then you stay up way too late on a work night trying to finish it because it makes your made up word unputdownable seem insufficient for the situation.
Elliot meets Gemma during his open garden event. He has the misfortune of discovering that he's allergic to bees in front of her, but she races to save his life, and in the whirlwind that follows, he decides he's not wasting another minute of his life. In record time, they've gone from dating to married, and between his perfect gig helping impoverished school kids learn about science, his gorgeous wife, and his beautifully restored huge home, life is perfect.
Until the in laws from hell move in with their virus stricken daughter, after his new wife seems to unwillingly persuade him into letting them stay with them. Life goes to hell in a handbasket FAST. These people are truly awful. Mark Edwards has created characters that will make your knuckles clench white, will make your shoulders begin to inch up toward your shoulders, you'll find yourself getting angry on behalf of the protagonist; these characters fairly leap off the page and they are gross, gross, gross in the best way. Once Elliot and her parents truly begin to take action against each other, the tension ratchets up to a truly climactic ending. Edwards is the literary king of twisty endings and I absolutely love reading his books for that thrilling twist, not knowing where it's going to come from. This did not disappoint. My favorite by far to date, out of so many great books! Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy!