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Wrong Place Wrong Time: Can you stop a murder after it's already happened? THE SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE YEAR AND REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK 2022

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So, this book was fairly mass marketed along with some not-so-hot thrillers like The Golden Couple, Unmissing, Stay Awake, The Last Housewife etc. In comparison to these books (a fair comparison because the same marketing attention was doled out), this one stands head and shoulders above. E succede ogni volta che si addormenta: perciò, nei limiti della sua resistenza, tenta di non addormentarsi.

Todd’s victim has lost his life and so has Todd really - his promising future over before it’s begun.

She's caught in that loop transcending time to events in the past that may eventually shine a light on that murder that night at the hands of her son.

There is an element of moving forward in time from an undisclosed point at the same time as moving backwards in time from Jen's perspective, but it's weirdly not at all hard to follow.

It's not often I come across a book that adds something new to the thriller/mystery genre, and this one sure does. After all, when she wakes up again, everything she does, and every conversation she had the day before is erased. Over the course of the story she feels that she is to blame for what her son Todd has done in the present day when he kills someone. Well this was certainly different, and there were so many twists I don’t know if I’m on my head or my heels!

All I’m going to say is that on day zero just after midnight Jen is anxiously waiting for her son Todd to come home. I was so happy to read from an article written by the author that the writing of this book changed the whole outlook of the author towards motherhood which made her decide to have a baby. It left me not only shocked by the twists and turns, but questioning my own past and what I would change given the chance. Yes, I will admit the beginning was a slow grind full of repetitiveness in the vein of Groundhog Day, but, once the basics were in place (I didn’t get to this point the first time around), the twists and turns were truly mind-blowing. Jen will find herself living in past increments of time trying to retrieve the causal factor of Todd's crime.She is happily married and has lived in a bubble where she could never in her wildest dreams think her son is capable of murder.

I thought this was going to be one of those domestic dramas of a mother feeling guilty about her bad parenting which leads to her son misbehaving. This built a cloak of believability to the plot, which could have easily swerved into a territory that felt illogical or far-fetched.And she even tapped into some "telling" that evoked many emotions – especially during the scene with her dad. As we smoothly rolled backwards in one timeline, the characters slowly morphed into slightly altered versions of themselves, building genuine and realistic individuals who grew in depth along the way. But with lies, secrets, and hidden motivations, I ended up mostly loving Wrong Place Wrong Time apart from the slow burn start, leaving me wishing that the epilogue was a full-blown sequel. In some ways, Jen is taking inspiration from him, who has been so good at lying that his secrets have been hidden in plain sight. I swapped books for awhile as I needed a mental break and around 60% the urge to skim a little was happening.

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