Such Dark Things by Courtney Evan Tate
Published by Mira Books
Published on March 20th 2018
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A modern day Fatal Attraction meets The Girl on the Train, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult author Courtney Cole, now writing dark psychological suspense under the name Courtney Tate Evans.
From the outside, Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream: a successful ER physician, she is married to a hardworking and handsome psychologist. Together they own a charming house in the Chicago suburbs. But Cabot has a dark personal past and her memory has holes she tries to fill in. Her sleep is ravaged by recurring nightmares of that night when, as a teenager, she found her father standing next to the bodies of two people he had shot dead. It is what she can't remember about that night that utterly haunts her. Her father is still alive in jail for that terrible crime. At times now, despite her success, she fears she is truly unable to determine what is real and what is not. Then she starts to suspect that something is amiss with her husband and realizes that nothing--and no one--in her life is as it appears.
I’m sure I may have said this a million times, but I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers. This sounded just right for me, and I was even more intrigued to learn that the author is Courtney Cole, whose NA books I have read, and she is writing adult thrillers under this pen name! I was really looking forward to seeing if she pulled it off well, I love when authors take a step into something outside of their ordinary thing.
I think she succeeded in making me feel like I was reading an actual adult novel, it didn’t seem like the previous time spent writing NA had any influence on this books level of maturity. Shit got real in this book. Like the title states, there are dark things happening up in here. As usual with my review, I am not going to recap the story, that is what the synopsis is for. I’m just going to to throw my mess of thought on the book at you all.
The book is told in alternating perspectives and also in alternating time periods. It was weird at first but I easily picked up on keeping things separate, and I ended up feeling like it made the story more interesting. Basically, there are events in the days that lead up to Halloween and then events in the days following, (while also mixing in flashback as Corrine starts recovering memories), and at some point everything comes crashing together. I love when stories come together in such a way. It alternates between husband and wife, Corrine and Jude. I loved Corrine and Judes love for each other (despite Jude’s, um, flaws), and that made me like them and root for them. I hurt for Corrine so much once her entire story was revealed, and I hurt for Jude too, just less because some pain is self inflicted, so I feel like he should have to live with that.
It was great how things just steadily became more and more explosive and crazy as the time dwindled down to Halloween while her memories are also catching up to that day. I will say though, once the first BIG reveal is made, I could see the rest of the story play out easily, and aside from what happened to Jude’s brother, the rest was easy to predict. This is always a small downside for me, as I like to be shocked by a thriller, but at the same time, I want it to remain realistic. I clearly look for a weird balance that doesn’t exist.
One thing that continued to drive me insane was this scenario: You are being blackmailed by someone you hate – yet, when they start talking about your spouse and asking questions, YOU TELL THEM YOUR SPOUSES DEEPEST DARKEST SECRET? No. WTF. No you do not. (Let’s disregard the fact that in the end, it wouldn’t have matter whether or not they told them.) That was pretty far fetched for me. Also, the gaslighting really pissed me off, but I suppose it’s acceptable as far as the story goes, as that would happen that way in real life in many situations. But it still pisses me off.
Overall, this book was crazy, and intense, but as a warning: it may have triggers for some people. I would definitely give another book under this pen name a chance!
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