“Family fatigue, the persuasive companion of my weary, exhausted heart, that organ that I cannot exorcize of its boundless, quaking dejection.”
Just from reading the description of this book, I was fairly sure I would not like any of the characters in this book (and I was right). But knowing that was a kind of freedom because I didn’t waste time on being frustrated with them and instead was able to enjoy these crazy, drunken people try to solve this scavenger hunt that the supposedly dead Zelda left for them. I have to say that the only one I felt sorry for was Ava’s boyfriend in France. Who knows if the poor sod knew what he was getting into when he started dating Ava.
This book has been portrayed as a thriller, and I have to disagree with that. There was nothing thrilling about this book. It was a slow mystery, a slow buildup of suspense; it was like reading a puzzle, so I felt there was no “thriller” aspect to it. That being said, I did enjoy reading this book. I thought it was a great debut by Caite Dolan-Leach (and gives one the perfect excuse to drink a whole bottle of wine ;)).
If you are okay with a slow build, and go into this book aware that you might not like ANY of the characters, I think you will enjoy this book. It was fun, it was dysfunctional, and it leaves you with the question: is Zelda alive, or is she dead?