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    Great plot mechanic but predictable

    With Instagram influencer Natalie goes off grid and then mysteriously disappears it is up to celebrity reporter Audrey to step up and try and find out what has happened to her – but who is watching her every move? Rewind is a thriller with an interesting narrative technique – chapters which jump around in timeline like a video tape. The chapters themselves are labelled ‘Play’ ‘Pause’ ‘Rewind’ or ‘Fast Forward’ to tell the story. This makes for a nice way to change perspectives and give a different overview of the same sequence of events and the writing itself is easy to read and get engaged with. However, although the plot itself also has a link to recording equipment I didn’t really feel like it went far enough in this element. Each heading came with a time counter, but I didn’t really understand what these were in relation to. It would have been better if the time of the crime was a specific reference and everything else worked around that but that didn’t seem to be the case here – with characters having flashbacks to their days at school and this still being included in the timer. Perhaps including a date as well would have made it feel more like a coherent link between the chapters or a T- situation with the crime being 00:00:00? I also felt for what could have been a very strong link, the idea of the crime revolving around a recording was actually weaker than it could have been. It was skimmed over a bit towards the beginning of the book and only really makes an appearance right towards the end of the story. There are a lot of characters in the book and I felt they were well written and given some depth – Andrew, Audrey and Natalie were particularly strong but some I didn’t really feel were explored well enough. I think my main problem with Rewind was that from all of the clues presented in the plot it was pretty easy to guess what had happened to Natalie and why. This took away any shock twists the story may have had and left the ending, which basically just explains what happened without adding anything extra, feel limp and anti-climactic. Overall Rewind has a nice narrative technique but ended up being a little under-developed and predictable for me. Thank you to Netgalley & Atlantic Books – Corvus for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    A Gripping and Atmospheric Tale!

    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they not out to get you! Catherine Ryan Howard really throws the reader right into the thick of the action as we witness a recording of the brutal murder of a young woman. This immediately made me want to sleep with the lights on! Rewind is the chilling story of an Instagram star, Natalie as she starts to fear that she is being followed but her husband believes that she is overreacting. Is Natalie being paranoid or does she have a real reason to be fearful? There are some great characters in this book. Well-developed and believable. Not least Natalie who I am sure represents many who live their lives in full view of everyone on social media. Some are so disturbing and creepy that I almost felt the need to wash my hands for fear his sick and depraved nature might infect my skin. You will know the character I mean when you meet him yourself! I liked Audrey, an aspiring crime reporter and would enjoy reading more about this character in the future. Rewind was divided into chapters headed Fast-Forward, Rewind, Play etc and I found this to be a unique and intriguing way to divide up the book. I found the plot and its twists totally engaging and the writing to be wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric. Grab a hot cup of tea and curl up beneath a blanket to read this novel as the dark and twisted story unfolds underneath the grey and wintery sky of a Cork beach is truly chilling!! Rewind is the cautionary tale of the dark side of social media and of human nature. A gripping and nail-biting thriller that I thoroughly recommend!! Thank you Corvus and Readers First for the opportunity to read this book!
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    Freaky and Thrilling

    Social media influencer Natalie didn't tell anyone where she was going before she left for the remote seaside town of Shanamore. That's why no one knows that she's missing until it's too late... Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Cottages doesn't know who killed his only guest, and even more frighteningly for him, how they knew that there was a hidden camera in the bedroom, recording everything. Audrey works for a hipster online tabloid, and is desperate to move up into proper journalism. When she is given the opportunity to write a piece on the missing social media star, she is ready to do whatever it takes to make this the story of her career. I have to be honest, when I first picked up this book I didn't think that I was going to keep reading. The opening scene describes a grisly and frightening murder, and I was surprised by the way it just jumped straight in without any prelude. I don't mind violence and shocker-moments in books or film, but the cold cut direct approach to the start of this book put me off, and made me think it was going to be a gratuitous melee of tasteless gore. However, I gave it another few chapters before throwing in the towel, and I am so glad that I did! Very quickly I discovered a twisty and intelligent tale of mistrust and blackmail, which switches between past and present adeptly, giving you a well rounded story. The quick pace of this murder mystery is very enjoyable, and the search for Natalie will have you thinking hard and putting together the different pieces of the puzzle alongside the local policeman and Audrey the journalist. The small village setting is beautifully described, giving the story life and credence. Something I found fascinating about this book is the way that you have at least two villains, in a sense. The way that it explores Andrew's story, even though we know from the start that he can't be the killer since he saw it happen, shows the inner workings of a deeply depraved and distorted man, which is normally a theme we would be exploring in the mind of the killer. I liked knowing that he didn't commit this crime, even as we found out about the horrible things he had actually done, it made the story more three dimensional, and the story more intriguing. There are very mature themes throughout this book, and even though the opening scene is the most gratuitous passage of the book, I would still not recommend this book to the faint of heart. After my initial reaction, I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced thriller. The twists were brilliantly thought out, and the characters were each intriguing in their own ways. The switch between present and past tense gave the book dimension, and the foreknowledge that gave made it even more exciting to try and figure out what was going on. I would recommend this book to fans of Hannibal, Top of the Lake, and intense murder mysteries.
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    An Exemplary Thriller

    Catherine Ryan Howard writes a hugely engrossing and entertaining novel that deals with some serious issues in this gripping thriller full of suspense and menace. Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages has a terrible secret - he watches his guests via a hidden camera in their rooms. One night a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills his only guest, Natalie and destroys the camera, leaving Andrew feeling horribly guilty. But who is the murderer and how did they know about the camera? Entertainments reporter Audrey is given the opportunity to work on a story of Natalie's disappearance however, as she starts working on the story, she realises that this is her golden opportunity to make it as a news reporter, so she searches for the truth that lies behind the mystery. Catherine Ryan Howard delivers an unrestrained and exuberant story of menace with a toxic concoction of voyeurism, secrets, eeriness and the evils of social media. Rewind is beautifully plotted, a cracking story and a book that I revelled in all the way through. It brought no disappointments and everything was well wrapped up in the fabulous finale. A riveting and exemplary thriller that I'm very happy to recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Atlantic Books/ Corvus via NetGalley at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Twisted

    This is a very intriguing concept, we see the murder then rewind to discover the hows and whys. Featuring a range of creepy characters it’s pretty hard to work out who did kill Instagram influencer Natalie however wannabe news journalist Audrey is as keen as the Guards (police) to discover what happened to missing Natalie. This is a pacy book told in a mix of time frames but in a way that means it can be easily followed. Most of the characters are flawed, some more than others but I didn’t personally find any overly likeable. The storyline is fresh, the culprit does become obvious slightly before the end but you don’t fully grasp the situation until the penultimate chapter. The final chapter neatly ties everything up but is in some ways superfluous. Overall though this is a good thriller and a steady read to boot.
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