by Lucie Whitehouse
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Goodreads: When the artist Marianne Glass falls to her death, everyone insists it was a tragic accident. Yet Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, suspects there is more to the story. Ever since she was young, Marianne had paralyzing vertigo. She would never have gone so close to the roof's edge.
Marianne -- and the whole Glass family -- once meant everything to Rowan. For a teenage girl, motherless with a much-absent father, this lively, intellectual household represented a world of glamour and opportunity.
But since their estrangement, Rowan knows only what the papers reported about Marianne's life: her swift ascent in the London art world, her much-scrutinized romance with her gallerist. If she wants to discover the truth about her death, Rowan needs to know more. Was Marianne in distress? In danger? And so she begins to seek clues -- in Marianne's latest work, her closest relationships, and her new friendship with an iconoclastic fellow artist.
But the deeper Rowan goes, the more sinister everything seems. And a secret in the past only she knows makes her worry about her own fate . . .
Kritters Thoughts: I read a lot of mystery thriller and it is becoming my favorite genre. This book was a mystery thriller with a literary fiction foundation. I say this because yes it had the who dun it, but that story sat on top of a story about two friends who kept a secret and how that secret destroyed their friendship.
At times this book slowed down for me and it was hard to keep my focus on the book, but then something would happen and I would be back in the story. It definitely had an ebb and flow and sometimes the flow was great and sometimes it was just so so. I would only recommend this to mystery thriller fans who enjoy books that are on the wordy side; this one isn't one of those lighter mystery/thrillers, this one has depth.
I loved Rowan. What a great character to get us into the story and through the story. I loved that she was complicated and interesting. I wouldn't mind hearing another story from her perspective.
This is my first Lucie Whitehouse read, but I have some of her previous on my radar. After reading this book I am even more excited to pick up her one from her backlist and dive in.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.