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No basis in reality.
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
“In your teens and early twenties, fear doesn’t seem to equate the way it does when you’re older.”
― Arianne Richmonde, The Newlyweds
I am sorry to say this. I am. But it has been a long time since a book made me as furious as this one did.
The Newlyweds had a great premise and was an interesting book. By no means, was the writing anything but excellent and it hooked me in pretty quickly.
To do this review will be tough because my feelings of distaste are solely about the ending.
So if you want to read my review know that there will be :
just about everywhere and I will be giving the ending away.
Here we go:
I like twists in books. I do. I count Gone Girl as one of my favorite books ever.
However, since the release of that book I have noticed a disturbing trend. Writers seem to feel they NEED twists...to many twists.
Gone Girl had one amazing indescribable twist.
Some of..many of..the books I have read since, have a twist on almost every other page. These books do not have one amazing twist. Many of them have 4..or 5..or 6..or more...UNAMAZING twists.
Twists have to make sense. They have to line up with how the characters would react.
And very few books can get away with a twist in the last SENTENCE of a book.
A few books and movies can do that. Sixth Sense is a movie where that worked very well. So is Usual Suspects.
But most of the time this does not work. And it did not work for me in this book.
Nothing made any sense (if you include the ending.) And that pisses me off because it shows the writer seems to be more into the "shock factor" then putting all the book pieces together in a way that is coharent and makes sense.
I suppose there is an audience for this sort of thing. I am not part of it.
I LIKED the first twist. Con lady gets conned. That was a fun twist.
Everything after that? Forget it. I cannot even tell you how many twists this book wound up having. And it was all about: husband is good. No, he's evil. No, he's good. No, he's evil.
Daughter is crazy. No, she's good. No, she's bad. No, she's good.
Mysterious sister is good. No, she's bad. No, she's good. No, she's bad.
The last paragraph had no basis in reality. None. Twist? It was so bizarre to throw that in.
Let me set the stage: Husband who is seemingly madly in love with his wife even though she played him, saves said wife, under the waters of the ocean. Wife was about to be killed by his crazy sister.
And though Hubs loves his sister, he makes the choice to let her die because if he doesn't, she will kill his wife whom he also loves.
So, even though, he and his sister were so close, he lets her die..or murders her..we never really know.
He does all this for love of his wife.
Whom, it turns out, he does not love or even LIKE. Because he is crazy. This is revealed in the last sentence.
So, if that is the case..why did he kill his sister who he implies is also crazy and part of his soul?
I mean...the guy is a sociopath. That is what the author wants us to believe. And his wife played him. So why wouldn't he just let his equally crazy sister kill her?
Nothing. made. any. sense.
1984 BOOK SPOILERS:
It would be like reading the book 1984 and then at the end, Winston gives a high five to big brother and it's revealed Winston was in on it all along. Somehow I doubt 1984 would be as highly regarded as it is, were that to have happened.
The book went on for to long. And as it stands, I prefer to just think that it ended with the couple married and happy because anything else makes no sense including why the wife who is phobic would ever go shark diving.
Had it not been for all these twists, this book would have received a 4 or 5 from me because the writing was excellent.
I do not like when books go the route of the absurd.
That's it, she wrote.