Unbecoming is an intricately plotted and psychologically nuanced heist novel that turns on suspense and slippery identity. With echoes of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca Scherm’s mesmerizing debut is sure to entrance fans of Gillian Flynn, Marisha Pessl, and Donna Tartt.
Hardcover, 320 pagesPublished January 22nd 2015 by Viking
*I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway and in return I will give my honest opinion.*
My first and strongest thought in regards to this book is that the synopsis was overly ambitious when it said that it echoes Alfred Hitchcock & Patricia Highsmith and that it is sure to entrance fans of Gillian Flynn, Marisha Pessl and Donna Tartt. In saying this, I think that readers will have high expectations that I'm not sure that this book will be able to fill.
This book began in the middle of the story and then went back to the beginning before returning to the end. It wasn't as confusing as it sounds and I enjoyed the way it was set up. It made me think that it was setting up for a doozy of a plot twist or that something exciting was going to happen. I kept waiting for it to happen or for that moment of shock, thinking of what was stated in the synopsis again, and that moment never came.
The concept of the story was a good one and there was nothing wrong with the actual writing but I found that it didn't really go anywhere. The story was a tiny bit long winded for the amount that actually occurred within the pages. A few times it started to lose my interest and bordered on boring. Again, I was waiting for the big game changer that just wasn't there.
I didn't find myself routing for any of the characters in the story and could take or leave them. They weren't very likeable but I didn't hate them either. Where Grace and Alls (terrible name by the way) were concerned, I didn't really feel it and think it lacked some much needed development in order to make the story work.
In the end it was an average story that I think is going to be hurt by its synopsis. I fear people will expect a lot more than what they will get.
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