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Girl in the Rearview Mirror   Megan Abbott bestselling author of Dare Me and Give Me Your HandI never meant to lie That is I never wanted toThey are Phoenix’s First Family handsome Philip Martin son of the sitting Senator an ex football player who carries himself with an easy grace and appears destined to step into his father’s seat when the time is right; his wife Marina the stylish and elegant director of Phoenix’s fine arts museum; and their four year old daughter Amabel beautiful and precocious and belovedFinn Hunt is working a dull office job to pay off her college debt when she meets Philip and charms Amabel She eagerly agrees to nanny thinking she’s lucked into the job of a lifetime Though the glamour of the Martins’ lifestyle undeniably dazzles Finn her real pleasure comes from being part of the family sharing uick jokes with Philip in the kitchen before he leaves for work; staying late when Marina needs a last minute sitter; and spending long days with Amabel who is often treated like a photo op than a childBut behind every façade lurks a less attractive truth When a young woman approaches Finn claiming a connection with Philip and asking Finn to pass on a message Finn becomes caught up in a web of deceit with the senate seat at its center And Finn isn’t exactly innocent herself she too has a background she has kept hidden and under the hot Phoenix sun everything is about to be laid bare   This book is one of my book club selections It's a thrillermystery one of those unreliable narrator types like Gone Girl Girl on the Trail etc The writing was strong and the plot moved along at a fast clip It didn't take me long to read it If you enjoy those types of books then this fits right in to that sub genreI had a hard time connecting with the main protagonist Finn In this type of book the main protagonist can't reveal everything because they're unreliable the reader doesn't know if they can trust the protag or not So Finn's emotions and internal thoughts are a bit thin in order to not ruin anything And then when the full story is revealed there's still not many emotions I was also annoyed by some of her poor decisions and not surprised by the ending view spoilerAlthough I thought the Senator killed his adopted granddaughter because she wasn't Philip's biological child I guess I went too far on the dark side hide spoiler Decent story but the characters were duds Despite the fact there was some backstory provided I still didn't uite get the main character Finn It's a shame the characters were the problem here rather than the plot Usually it's the other way aroundFinn Hunt is the nanny for 4 year old Amabel the daughter of Philip and Marina Martin Philip's father is a senator in Arizona and the hope is one day Philip will be able to slide in and take his seat once his father decides to step down Despite being the hired help Finn feels like she is a part of the family and gets caught up in their wealthy and glamorous world She soon finds herself in the middle of something that could bring down this political first family She also needs to worry about her own past suddenly resurfacingI just don't know what it was about Finn but she just didn't work for me I never fully understood her motivations even though you get a glimpse into her background She just fell flat as a character and to be honest the other people in the story didn't do much for me eitherSo why did I keep reading if I had problems with the characters? Well the plot was actually pretty decent and had enough to hook me in and want to stick with the story Something happens maybe halfway into the story that I didn't see coming at all and that's always a plus when an author catches me off guard And the ending isn't bad either It's disappointing that the author managed to come up with a fairly good idea for a story but had a bit of a failure when it came to solid well developed characters I won a free digital copy of this book from Bookshout and the publisher I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion This is a tough one to rate because it was definitely an addictive read but it still fell a little flat for meThe plot involves Finn who works as a nanny for the Martins senator's son Philip his wife Marina and their four year old precocious bundle of sass Amabel Naturally they're loaded and Finn benefits from this rich lifestyle until a strange girl shows up making accusations that threaten to upset Finn's place in this opulent worldFinn is not a likeable protagonist She's got a secret past so naturally she lies about it and she seems to have some uestionable ideas of right and wrong She sticks her nose into everything unashamedly and has no problem with lying Personally I hate lying so she and I were never going to get along Especially when her lies are ridiculous and pointless So frustratingPhilip is a sleaze and clearly a terrible husband and I feel like there's a lot of issues there that were never properly brought to light He's got an interesting past too but it's messy and never really explained with any kind of satisfying explanationAmabel is a petty lying mean child who is rude and abrupt and spoiled and congrats to Finn for dealing with her on a daily basis She's four but she acts way bratty than you'd expect I did not care for her at allBryant seems perfect so you know he's definitely not but Finn still treats him like crap when he's being a good dude which was pretty confusing Their entire relationship confused me Also what was up with Guy? What was he even doing in this book?Then you've got Iris who shows up to make trouble and Finn seemed to constantly shift between being on Iris's side and wanting to kill her Make up your mind girl Iris is a trouble maker but the reasons are pretty cloudyHonestly these characters are just all kinds of messed up which I guess works for a thriller because I trusted none of them They were all jerks in their own special way but it was a little sad to not have someone I really connected to Made me feel uite detached when all the drama started because I didn't have an emotional stake in any of it But if you like twisted characters that are rife with moral ambiguity you should get a kick out of thisThis is one of those books where nothing is what you expect but instead of it making for a tense mind blowing unravelling it just feels tangled and messy with an ending that kind of fizzles out The drama starts strong with lots of clues and red herrings but by the time we get to the last few chapters it's way too drawn out and you just want it to be over already Imagine builders spend weeks digging deep so they can build solid supportive foundations for a towering skyscraper but then when it comes time to actually build on top they decide to go with a boring one storey 3 bedder This is what this story felt like to me So much pointless history Still it did keep me interested the whole time because I wanted to know what the heck was actually going on So it's not like it was boringAs far as thrillers go it kept me hooked but was ultimately a disappointing conclusion It was easy and fast but it slows down around the halfway mark then kind of fizzles into a strangely convoluted ending I enjoyed reading it but the story was a little too sprawling and weakIt wasn't a total loss though and it was a fun way to spend a day I enjoyed being sucked in to the point where I couldn't stop reading and I'd definitely read from this author Hopefully we just get better characters and a stronger story next time With thanks to Macmillan for an ARC 25 ★sFinn Hunt – previously named Natalie – was after a fresh start when she arrived in Phoenix Arizona but she had no idea how her life would change When Philip Martin hired her to be nanny to his four year old daughter Finn was secretly thrilled about her entry into the privileged world of a Senator’s son and his high society wife And she uickly adored Amabel – the fit into the family felt right But when a young woman was noticed first by Amabel – “she’s following me” – and then by Finn things began to fractureThe secrets that had been buried – by Finn and the Martins – threatened to rise to the surface The pressure was on with the re election on everyone’s minds – politics secrets and lies – not a combination for success Girl in the Rearview Mirror is the debut novel by Kelsey Rae Dimberg and is touted as a twisty page turning thriller I’m afraid it fell flat for me I had trouble getting into it; the characters seemed superficial and I had no liking for them A disappointing read unfortunatelyWith thanks to Pan Macmillan AU for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Girl in the Rearview Mirror
  • Kelsey Rae Dimberg
  • English
  • 20 August 2014
  • 9780062867926

About the Author: Kelsey Rae Dimberg

I’m Kelsey Rae Dimberg author of GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR—a debut novel about a nanny who becomes embroiled in a powerful family’s secrets set in the blistering heat of an Arizona summer CrimeReads called it one of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of SummerSetting is a major inspiration for me I’ve moved around freuently both when I was growing up and as an adult I’ve lived in Seattle

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