INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Feeney lives up to her reputation as the “queen of the twist”…This page-turner will keep you guessing.” —Real Simple
Think you know the person you married? Think again…
Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.
Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts--paper, cotton, pottery, tin--and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.
Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.
Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A couple becomes tangled in a web of secrets, lies, and bad choices in this tense domestic thriller. Adam and Amelia’s relationship is on the verge of collapse. She works in a stressful job at an animal shelter, and he’s a screenwriter who suffers from a frustrating disorder that makes it impossible for him to remember or recognize faces. They hope to reconnect during a weekend away in Scotland, but not long after arriving at their unexpectedly creepy and old accommodations, the pair begin to realize how little they truly know about one another. Alice Feeney’s plotting kept us guessing from beginning to end. As she jumps from one character to another and shifts from past to present, there’s an onslaught of shocking revelations we won’t spill here. Start reading and get ready for a marriage story like none you’ve ever heard.
Londoners Amelia and Adam Wright, the couple at the center of this craftily plotted if flawed domestic thriller from bestseller Feeney (His & Hers), are spending the weekend at spooky Blackwater Chapel in the Scottish Highlands on what is meant to be a last-ditch effort to save their 10-year marriage. Each harbors darker agendas for the weekend, as does the mysterious, hermit-like neighbor, Robin, who frightens Amelia when Amelia catches the woman peering at her through a chapel window. The plot takes some perilous turns in ways both predictable—a power outage, dangerously loose stones in the wall of the chapel's belfry—and not, as alternating narrations from the trio open a Pandora's box packed with secrets, lies, and betrayals. Feeney's signature misdirection sets up gasp-worthy twists down the stretch even if they, like the characters, come off as arbitrary and artificial. In contrast to His & Hers, some may walk away from this one feeling more snookered than satisfied.
I found this book to be the perfect kick start after a (very) long reading hiatus. It pulls you in and is a quick win at just under 300 pages. Loved the writing and the structure of the chapters and the twist at the end is great! Would highly recommend.
3.5 out 5
I enjoyed the fact the writer was able to set the scene. After having finished the book, I actually had a vivid nightmare because of how much my imagination was being worked up during the reading. I was able to figure out a few things here and there. So that is the only reason why I give this book a 3.5 out of 5. Had I not been so observant on those small but important details, I would’ve probably been way more shocked. Sadly I was only shocked once, and it wasn’t even because of the plot twists. While reading this book I had Ludovico Einaudi’s “Seven Days Walking” project playing in the background. It really heightened my experience with “Rock Paper Scissors”. There were some great moments that I have saved quotes of. Like the chess metaphor, or the butterflies and secrets metaphor to name a few. Page 156 made me chuckle.
Edge of my seat
Kept my interest the entire time. Lots of twists!