Never Coming Home by Hannah Mary McKinnon
A non-stop psychological thriller that kept me up past bedtime, wildly inhaling chapters. This was one book that I could not put down!
A few months back, I saw an Instagram post by Hannah Mary McKinnon, describing the plot for her new novel, Never Coming Home. Instantly, I knew this was a book I needed to read.
The story is told from the point of view of Lucas Forester, a husband who hires a hitman to kill his wife. All seems to go according to plan… until he starts receiving threatening notes. Because someone knows what he did. And now Lucas is the one scrambling to stay one step ahead.
I had such fun reading this story! Lucas is an utterly arrogant and despicable character, and yet, it was very entertaining to see things from his point of view. After all, his plan to kill his wife was meticulously planned. Nothing can go wrong… right? And while he truly is a villain, his love for a stray dog named Roger, and his snarky comments and intellect, meant that I couldn’t help but like him at times. Until, of course, you remember how utterly horrible he really is…
Despite the dark plotline, the story itself is fairly light — making for an easy-to-read story that absolutely hooked me.
My one critique was the ending. (No spoilers here!) I loved what McKinnon was trying to do, however, it just missed the mark slightly for me. Up until this point, the book had felt fairly realistic, and the ending took me out for just a second. Still, it was fun and suspenseful! I had a couple of points figured out but there was still a surprise — and that’s what I want in a book like this.
This was a five star thriller for me. Fast paced, unique point-of-view, and entertaining — I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Readers who are looking for an entertaining and light psychological thriller from the villains point of view.
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About the book:
(From the publisher) Lucas Forester didn’t hate his wife. Michelle was brilliant, sophisticated and beautiful. Sure, she had extravagant spending habits and that petty attitude, a total disregard for anyone below her status. But she also had a lot to offer. Most notably, wealth that only the one percent could comprehend.
For years, Lucas had been honing a flawless plan to inherit Michelle’s fortune. Unfortunately, it involved taking a hit out on her.
Every track was covered, no trace left behind, and now Lucas plays the grieving husband so well he deserves an award. But when a shocking photo and cryptic note show up on his doorstep, Lucas goes from hunter to prey.
Someone is onto him. And they’re closing in.
Told with dark wit and a sharply feminist sensibility, Never Coming Home is a terrifying tale of duplicity that will have you side-eyeing your spouse as you dash to the breathtaking end.