I have mixed views on this book, as while it was extremely well written and moving, it took me places I really did not want to go.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love thrillers, especially psychological thrillers. This novel began like a psychological thriller, as the protagonist finds herself trapped in a violent, abusive and loveless marriage, but just as you start to get emotionally involved in the story and you long for Joanna to escape with her daughter the story takes an unexpected twist and you find yourself in the land of make believe.
Generally I do not read fantasy. I like my stories grounded in reality, and while reality was so bleak for Joanna and her daughter I shouldn't have been so surprised at where this book ended up.
I had a difficult task deciding what score I would rate this book, tossing and turning from 3 stars to four. In the end I decided to award 4 stars, because as books go this was a really good book. It kept me gripped from start to finish, and I had to finish it, I really had to know what happened in the end. Did I love this book? No. It went places I didn't want it to go, and I really wasn't happy with the ending, but then, I didn't write it, Tamara Dietrich wrote it, and it was a really good debut novel by an extremely talented writer, and despite myself, I will be reading her next book as i'm really curious to see where she will go with it!
Thank you to NetGalley, Orion Publishers, and the author Tamara Dietrich for my free e-ARC in return for an honest review.