It should’ve been the greatest day in David’s life. A trip to New York, wife by his side, to visit his new publisher. Finally it looks as though the gods of fate are going to lift him from schoolteacher to writer. But on his way back to Penn Station, a chance encounter changes all of that. David bumps into a stranger who covertly follows him, and then, just before they board the train home, passes him by close enough to whisper: “Remember me.”
The stranger follows them back to where they live, and it isn’t long before David realizes that this man wants something from him…something very personal, that he may have no choice but to surrender. – Goodreads.com
I really don’t know what to say about this book. At times, I was glued to the pages and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Then there were times I skimmed the pages just to get through it.
The “strangers” mentioned in the book description were really beginning to frustrate me because when they spoke to each other, it seemed like a lot of gibberish. I’m all for the author keeping the reader in suspense and not revealing all your cards at once, but after a couple hundred pages, I was ready to find out who or what they were. When their identity was revealed, the concept was rather fascinating when you stop to think about it – a unique idea, to me, at least.
The story rotated viewpoints and, for the most part, it was pretty easy to keep up with who I was reading about in each chapter; however, although I liked the characters in the first part of the book, I had difficulty connecting with them as the story progressed, mostly because of their choices. Despite the unique concept of this book, I felt like the story never went anywhere.
I haven’t read any other books by this author but, judging by reviews I’ve read of his work, his other books are great reads, in particular The Straw Men series. Would I read other books by this author? Absolutely – and I plan on doing so. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, because I tend to think this book is the type that some people will absolutely gush over, while some will have mediocre feelings about it.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.