Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard
Publishing Date: 22nd August 2019
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 336
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
From the bestselling, multiple prize-shortlisted novelist Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime…
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…
Audrey is a reporter desperate for a “real” story – and when one day something happens, she’s frantic to cover it, no matter what. A famous instagrammer, Natalie O’Connor, has disappeared and nobody knows where she is, not her friends, not her husband. However, all that she did is left a note that nobody has found and rented a cottage to clear her mind. She doesn’t know that in the bedroom she’s staying in, the manager of the Shanamore Holiday Cottages has installed a hidden camera. One night Andrew watches as a person appears in the cottage, stabs the person sleeping in bed and then destroys the camera. Who was this and how did they know about the camera? Do they know Andrew’s other secret as well?
So I was very intrigued by this book, however the more I read, the more confused I felt. The chapters were labelled Rewind, Pause and Fast Forward and while at the beginning I paid attention to them, in reality they’ve made me feel even more confused and so I stopped paying attention to them as they’ve never helped me to understand what actually happens in Rewind, or Pause, Play or Fast Forward and the read was therefore difficult for me and I wasn’t able to stay focused. Moreover, the characters weren’t well developed and because of the lack of sequence I didn’t feel any connection to them. They didn’t feel likeable, their actions felt too forced and the only likeable character was probably Natalie, though she also felt too weak.
There was potential, there was idea but for me there was no execution and the structure of the book simply didn’t work for me.
It was a creepy, dark, depressing and unsettling psychological thriller about woman’s quest to be with a man she fell in love with, about obsession and the influence of social media, with a compelling mystery and with some twists along the way, throwing suspicions at different characters.