Apologies for the later posting time – it has been a day!
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Final Cut by S. J. Watson – I LOVED his debut book Before I go to sleep so I jumped at the chance to read his latest offering when Anne sent out the email. And I was delighted to open page 1 and get stuck in I didn’t even read the synopsis until I had finished the first few chapters, which is unusual for me – I like to know…
Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.
It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary.
But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?
Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret.
The writing was great – I would expect no less. The characters and setting were all interesting, but I found the story a bit slow in parts and I found the ending predictable. A predictable ending doesn’t always bother me thou and it didn’t really bother me here.
I LOVED the first half of the book – I loved the slow burn character development and all the tension and menace as the plot started to unfold. I rooted for Alex and I loved the atmospheric village setting and I very much enjoyed the idea of a small indie film production. I thought a lot of the slow reveal with the ‘THEN’ chapters was clever. CLEVER. I wanted to read on and find out what was happening…
I liked Final Cut by S. J. Watson a lot.
But. I had one small but. I thought the second half of the book felt a tad flat in parts. It was still a solid read and I am glad to have picked it up I just felt that the momentum maybe disappeared slightly towards the ending and I wanted to scream at the characters for NOT ANSWERING QUESTIONS! I would definitely suggest picking it up for yourself if you like the sound of it – even with slower parts I was caught up in the writing and following Alex’s story. It was quite a dark novel, with some dark and unpleasant themes.
Final cut by S. J. Watson was a solid read, with some interesting characters, an atmospheric setting, but an ending I guessed. It was good.
I received a copy of the book to review from the publisher, which was all arranged by the blog tour organiser – Thank you!