The One Who Got Away by L. A. Detwiler

The One Who Got Away by L. A. Detwiler
Publisher/Year: One More Chapter, 2020
Format: E-book (Nook)
Pages: 312
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


“Get out while you can. You’ll die here…”

Adeline Evans has recently moved into a home for the elderly. A safe space, where she can be cared for.

When she begins to receive cryptic and threatening notes, she is certain that someone is out to get her.

But the residents are warned against listening to a woman who is losing her memory. It would seem Adeline is tormented by the secrets in her past, and that the menace is all in her mind.

Until danger comes down the corridor and starts knocking in the night…

What I thought

I consider myself pretty lucky to have a local author whose books I enjoy so much, and The One Who Got Away was no exception. This was my first time reading one of her thrillers, and it did not let me down–this book went to some DARK places. The feeling of a claustrophobia and tension absolutely permeate the pages of this book. And I really loved how unique this story was–from the setting taking place inside a corrupt nursing home to Adeline’s perspective. Her point-of-view put such a distinct twist on everything. Having dementia, she was, at times, an unreliable narrator, but it was also heartbreaking to read, at the same time. The pacing of the story does ebb and flow a bit, but the ending hit me like a sucker punch. I did NOT see that coming. I appreciate it so much when an author doesn’t take the safe way out, and in this case, it just added to the overall bleakness and horror of this book.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I am so glad to have read one of Lindsay’s thrillers, finally. I’d definitely recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers and suspense novels!

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