SYNOPSIS: In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear, and while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something, and someone, is always in the dark.
THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed reading this book! I was hesitant at first because I don’t read thrillers often as it is mostly a hit or miss genre for me. This however was an amazing read and very often reminded me of the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. This book is THE ultimate mix between betrayal, lies, guilt and trauma if that wasn’t clear from the synopsis already. All of this takes place in a time frame of about 16 years, between 1999 and 2015.
This was an incredibly unique story. I loved that the entire book connects around the theme of eclipses and so-called eclipse chasers. I think that made it intriguing and clever to me (and i’ve actually learned quite a lot about eclipses.) I also have to say that I was really impressed with how this story was structured. Because of the large period of time the book covers the plot jumps from the ‘now’ period which is 2015, back in time to when this traumatic event happened every 3 or so chapters. It was done in a way that made the story built up a lot of tension. The author really makes your opinions on these characters who you think you know, drastically change by the time you’re halfway through. In a sense, you’re peeling of layers of their personalities as you go along and right when you think you know what’s about to happen or how Laura or Kit will react, she changes up the entire plot without making it unrealistic in any way.
I thought the characters were written with a lot of depth. They were real, authentic and complex in the way they were depicted in dealing with their traumatic experiences, even the side characters. I felt as if in this book it was even more so about the unravelling of these characters, their experiences, regrets, secrets and especially the break-down of Laura and Kit’s relationship than it was about the actual event that set the story into motion.
The only thing I disliked about the book is that I think some parts just dragged on too long for my taste and weren’t really necessary to put in the book at all. Especially since it’s already quite a lot of pages (416!). Because of this I would not recommend this book to people who like their thriller books to be fast-paced all the time. I definitely think this is a great story but it takes a while for the plot to come through properly and really start making sense. However if you don’t mind being confused every once in a while and like me are a patient reader and thoroughly enjoy being put on the wrong path, this is definitely a book for you.
“Leibniz said, Music is the mind counting without being conscious it’s counting. An eclipse is maths; it’s the most beautiful maths there is.”
“That’s the thing with secrets. They’re leaky; you can’t decide to share the bits that suit you without a million questions oozing out. You have to solder a part of yourself shut.”