Saturday, April 11, 2015
Complicit, by Stephanie Kuehn
After years of being bullied by his sister, Jamie was relieved when she was sent away. The news that she has now been released terrifies him. And when she starts making threatening phone calls, his own behavior problems begin to reemerge.
A dark psychological thriller. The plot twist in the story is fairly strongly telegraphed so it is not a major surprise. However, the ending is definitely a shocker. In this respect, the story seemed well-plotted. However, there are a lot of loose end and unanswered questions (What are his adoptive parents up to? What does his therapist actually know? What’s up with his girlfriend?). These are not major plot points and it leaves you wondering why they were present at all? Eliminating and tightening up the parts of the story that mattered would have improved my impressions of the novel, yet there’s no denying that the story kept me on the edge of my seat and had a suitably creepy and haunting ending that made it all worthwhile.