Book Review: Where We Went Wrong by Andi Holloway

Friday, 5 January 2018

Title: Where We Went Wrong

Author: Andi Holloway
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 24/12/17
Star Rating: ⭐ 


Two families’ pasts unravel when the last person to see a missing girl alive is murdered and the victim’s crime-writing father becomes the prime suspect.
Second wife Harper Stone’s life is nothing like she imagined. A talented writer bound for the kind of greatness she inspires in her husband, Harper exchanges her lifelong dreams of becoming a bestselling author for the ready-made family of her nightmares.
With her eight-year-old stepson at the center of a missing person’s investigation, Harper struggles to balance the obligations of motherhood with her calling as an author, ultimately sacrificing her success in support of her husband, whose crime-writing career is fuelled by their ordeal.
It’s only when he becomes the prime suspect in his son’s murder, years later, that she begins asking the difficult questions about his past, about their marriage, and about the disappearance of the little girl whose remains have never been found.
As Harper looks into the cold case where their problems began, she discovers people aren’t who they seem. Not the missing girl’s mother. Not Matthew, the last person to see the girl alive. Not her husband, whose obsession with the disappearance has caused an irreparable rift between them. Not even Harper herself, a woman trapped by obligation and circumstance.
In the throes of an investigation based in the past, solving Matthew’s murder means getting to the bottom of what happened all those years ago. Two families are destroyed by a single bad decision. The question is which decision, and whose was it?

Spoiler-Free Review:

This one surprised me, I wasn't expecting much at all, but I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it is the kind of mystery/thriller where you saying anything is saying too much. Since this review is spoiler-free, I can't say much, unfortunately. If you like the average thriller/mystery, odds are you will enjoy this one! Let's just say, the ending is brilliant - go and read this book!

This one is another thriller this year that covers some important issues, which I find unique in this genre and brings it more into the contemporary field for me, along with thriller and mystery. Such topics include: marriage, race, mental health etc. I really like this recent trend, as it transforms a read which is simply for enjoyment, to something which is effecting contemporary problems, or at the very least, discussing them.

In terms of the writing, I found this a very easy read. It is written entirely from one character's perspective, Harper. Therefore, some people will find that problematic, but I don't have a preference, as long as the writing doesn't drone on. For a debut novel, Andi Holloway's writing is gripping and well-paced! I was pleasantly surprised, and will definitely be looking out for more of her stuff in the future. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a thriller/mystery from a new author and an interesting perspective. 


I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Red Adept and Andi Holloway for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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