Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Book Review for The Spires by Kate Moretti

 The Spires by  Kate Moretti 

Kindle Edition, 316 pages

Publication: September 21st 2021 by Thomas & Mercer

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller


From Goodreads:  A troubled woman becomes consumed by a past she’s desperate to forget in this unsettling psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year.

Strung between two teenagers, an unemployed husband, and a tenuous career, Penelope Cox barely has her life together when the past comes knocking at her door. Willa Blaine, her old roommate, needs her help: refuge from an abusive husband. “Two weeks tops,” she says―but it’s not the imposition that bothers Penelope; it’s the memories Willa brings with her.

Twenty years earlier, Penelope, Willa, and three friends lived together in a converted church. Insular and closed off from the rest of the world, the five roommates formed their own dysfunctional family, celebrating the pinnacle of their lives; they called themselves “the Spires.” But nights of wild parties gave way to a darker undercurrent: jealousy, resentment, unrequited love, and obsession. Tensions boiled over during a night of debauchery that ended in a deadly fire, leaving the Spires scattered and forever changed.

Now Willa is the perfect houseguest: accommodating, helpful, bringing a newfound sense of excitement to the Cox household. Yet Penelope can’t help but feel the cracks in her life widen as she begins to question Willa’s motives. Everyone has secrets, it seems―and the fire may have brought down the Spires, but not everything burned was forgotten.

My Thoughts:  I am a fan of Kate Moretti so when I heard she had a new book coming out I knew that I needed to get my hands on it.   The way she writes pulls me in and keeps my guessing as I turn page after page looking for the answers to all my questions.   

The Spires seemed different than her others to me.   I am not exactly sure what was different, but I just was not quite as pulled in as I usually am.  I struggled to connect with the characters.  I HATED Penelope’s husband.   I doubted that Penelope had any clue what was going on with anything or anyone, even though much of the story was happening in her house.   Willa, ugh…  that’s all I can say. 

I will say that the BIG twist was one that I did not quite have figured out.  When it was revealed, I looked back and saw many clues that would have given it away had I caught on when I first read them.   I liked that I did not have it all figured out.  I liked that I was kept wondering and hoping for the ending I wanted.  

If you are looking for a mystery thriller that will keep you guessing I would suggest checking out Kate Moretti’s The Spires.  

**Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


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Meet Kate Moretti
:  Kate Moretti is the New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels and a novella, including Thought I Knew YouWhile You Were GoneBinds That TieThe Vanishing YearBlackbird SeasonIn Her Bones, Girls of Brackenhill, and the forthcoming The Spires. Her first novel THOUGHT I KNEW YOU, was a New York Times bestseller. THE VANISHING YEAR was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery/Thriller category for 2016 and was called "chillingly satisfying." (Publisher's Weekly) with "superb" closing twists (New York Times Book Review). Her books have been translated in over ten different languages and has been optioned for television.

Kate has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years as a scientist and enjoys traveling and cooking. She lives in Pennsylvania in an old farmhouse with her husband, two children and no known ghosts. Her lifelong dream is to find a secret passageway. 

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