You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks
|You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks|
|Reviewer: Karen Grace|
|Summary: Fans of chilling and twisted psychological thrillers will undoubtedly love this. Unfortunately, for me it was just too dark, shocking and challenging from start to finish. That said I was still gripped and could still appreciate the raw beauty of this book.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 336||Date: June 2018|
|External links: Author's website|
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It was a really good psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns but unfortunately it just wasn't really my cup of tea.
The main 'problem' was that it was just too dark for me. I've only recently graduated from romcoms to thrillers so I'm probably still at the PG stage and this definitely wasn't that. If you like storylines that are set to shock and challenge then you would probably love this. I don't want to give too much away but the underlying theme is basically abuse: child abuse, a manipulative marriage and a deeply unhealthy friendship.
That said the characters are all extremely complex and their development is really good, so by the end I was coming around. Whilst the events were still shocking I could understand (and maybe even sympathise a little with) the main characters, husband and wife Sam and Merry and best friend Frank - why they were the way they were and acted the way they did. Essentially it's based on the idea that people 'perform' their lives, wearing different identities at different times or situations.
Basically Merry and Sam have the perfect house, perfect family and perfect lives. But, as with all good thrillers everything's not always as it seems, which Frank soon discovers when she comes to stay.
The chapters alternate between the three main characters which I really like. They were also quite short which made it easy to pick up and put down. However, it's written in a narrative style, using quite raw, graphic language which definitely adds to the darkness but which I found difficult to get into. I'm not explaining this very well so here's an example: One strike of her head against the corner of the table, her skull would split clean in two. Her brain would leak out, dribble from her nose..... I'll tell you Sam, she said. I'll tell you everything.
Fans of chilling and twisted psychological thrillers will undoubtedly love this. If like me you just like reading then give it a try because whilst it freaked me out a little, I can still appreciate that this was a great book. And, whatever you feel while reading it, you will likely be totally gripped by these chilling characters and the pain they inflict on themselves and each other.
Other similarly dark books you might like include are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which inspired debut author Michelle Sacks to write this one.
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