After reading the synopsis for this book a few months back I was so keen to get my hands on a copy, only to find out all the blogger ARCs had already been allocated. However, the team at Atlantic Books were so so so kind as to send me a finished hardback when they came in a few months later! I started reading it simultaneously when extra content from the author was released via the Pigeonhole which just made my reading experience so much more fun! Here’s my thoughts:
Rewind – Catherine Ryan Howard
Format – Hardback (ARC – 328 pages)
Publisher – Corvus
Release Date – 22nd August 2019
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…
The bright orange cover catches your eye immediately, and I love how the chapters follow a similar pattern to the synopsis (Play/Pause/Rewind/Fast Forward) which makes for a very clever set up for the book. I found myself immediately invested in knowing what has happened and who was behind it. My burning question from the start was to know why there is a hidden camera in the guest house to start with!
The book is full of suspense throughout, the only part that took a toll on my brain was trying to link up the timeline and the tapes, which left me confused in some parts. But I found that I was just so desperate to figure it all out that I just had to fly through and hope it all made sense in the end!
I didn’t feel much of a connection to any of the characters, nor feel that I really got under the skin of any, however I did feel invested in their actions and events, which kept me hooked to their stories throughout.
Rewind took a completely different turn (albeit a bit of an uncomfortable one)! I was left feeling so shocked at some of the elements that came into play to explain the events of what had happened. But most of all.. that ending!! I’m not sure how I feel about it, but all I can say is that I can’t stop thinking about it. MY burning question now.. is there a second book? I sure hope so!
This was a very enjoyable read, and I can imagine this being a great premise for TV/film! Due to having felt lost in the timeline in places I felt a four star review on Goodreads accurately represented my experience with this book, but I would certainly read a follow up from the author!
To get in touch with the author, use @cathryanhoward on socials to find her!
**Thank you to the author, and Kirsty at Atlantic Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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