Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review of REBOUND by Aga Lesiewicz


I'm not a bad person, but maybe I did a bad thing . . . Life is good for Anna Wright. She's a successful media executive working for one of the UK's largest TV corporations. She's got a great boyfriend, some close friends and a lovely home. She adores her dog, Wispa, and she loves to run to help her de-stress. But Anna's perfect life starts to crumble from the moment when, out jogging on the Heath one day, she meets a handsome stranger. She takes a route into unfamiliar territory, and then she has to face the consequences. There's a dark, growing creepiness as the atmosphere becomes unsettled and, as Anna's professional life becomes increasingly pressured and poisonous, her obsession with the intriguing stranger in


Rebound is about Anna, a strong and independent woman who works in the television industry in the UK. In the beginning of the book it starts off with her dumping her boyfriend and describing the different changes going on at her workplace (they're laying people off, which is her responsibility) and what her career is like.

From there, the book basically goes on similar to a thriller/mystery. Some rapes and later on murders continue to occur at a park Anna frequents to job regularly and some weird things start happening in Anna's life which lead you to believe everything is somehow linked to her. It also leads you to believe she has a stalker of sorts.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Part of me really liked it and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next, and then part of me was supremely frustrated with Anna.

Let me explain... In the beginning of the book, Anna irked me a bit but I am trying to avoid spoilers of any kind, so that's all I'll say. That quickly subsided only to be replaced with frustration. I realize she loves the Heath where she jogs regularly but if several rapes occur there, then two people you know are murdered there, don't you think you'd stay away from the park for a while? And, no, not just a couple days, but months maybe? But noooooo she keeps going back to run by herself.

That is not the only thing that was frustrating though, she repeatedly catches glimpses of a man while she's out and about or at her home and he suspiciously disappears from sight the moment she turns around and spots him. I could see if this happens a couple times dismissing it, but over and over again, WITH the combo of everything else crazy and weird going on in her life? Um, no. Not normal. And ESPECIALLY after she discovers someone deliberately makes her dog sick?! I felt like she should've have been way more creeped out than she was earlier on. It wasn't until the last 10% that she finally seemed freaked out, and even then, not enough to avoid the park where all these crimes linked to her were being committed. Not only were all those things bad, but then she withheld a vital piece of info from the investigators that may have helped with the case because she was ashamed or embarrassed or whatever, even after something MAJOR (remember, no spoilers here) happens that should have her telling them the truth. For someone as intelligent and successful as she was, she sure played dumb.

Having said all that, the book did hold my interest. It was different and dark, unlike a lot of mystery thrillers I've read. The mystery of who was behind the crimes plays out until the very last pages, which I really liked. I also loved the fact that the author gives you several possibilities for who the villain is.

Overall, this was a decent read and I would consider reading more from this author.

3 of 5 stars.

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