LOOK at this cover. Doesn’t it look amazing?
Judged by the cover, this easily ranks as a 5 star read. Alas, not all books live up to their look.
Only Ever Her tells the story of Annie Taft: a woman about to get married who learns her mother’s murderer is being let out of prison. Her testimony as a three-year-old put him in jail. Anxious to escape her notorious past as a murdered woman’s daughter, she nevertheless agrees to support his release on the grounds that her testimony was probably an unreliable one.
Then, four days before her wedding, Annie disappears.
Told from the switching viewpoint of five different people, Only Ever Her started off interestingly enough. By the end, though, I was heartily ready to be done with it. As a disclaimer, I must admit that I do not normally read thrillers and a good chunk of my critique really comes down to my reaction to the genre in general.
There is just too much melodrama for the story to feel believable. Everyone hides a skeleton in their closet. No one is quite honest, either with themselves or with one another. Every relationship is heavy, tangled, and angsty.
And then it all wraps up and I guess we’re supposed to…what? Be like, ‘Gee, glad that worked out the way it did’? ‘What a great moral lesson about how humans suck.’
It is someone’s cup of tea, just not mine.
Further, being a law student made this one hard to read. I kept inwardly flinching at time lines (the man put away for Annie’s mother’s murder got release within days of announcing an appeal, which would never happen) or the behavior of the police. (Are they trying to get all the evidence thrown out of court?!)
But if you do like contemporary suspense dramas, you will probably enjoy it. It was fast paced and easy to read.