ROCK PAPER SCISSORS BY ALICE FEENEY


PLOT SUMMARY:

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.


MY REVIEW:

What a book! I loved His & Hers so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this. I read it in 24 hours, so that clearly shows how I hooked I was!⁣

Rock Paper Scissors is the tense and fast paced telling of love and ambition. What should have been a weekend of reconciliation takes a dramatic turn and secrets that were never to see the light of day are unveiled. From the creepy chapel, to the snowstorm, to the strange noises, you know you are in for a good ride from page 1!⁣

The narrative is excellent and really atmospheric. Despite reading this in the sun while on holidays, I felt like I was in the snowstorm in the Scottish Highlands with our protagonists. The description of the chapel and the surrounding area is so vivid and really well done. I could so clearly picture entering the cold and dusty building and experiencing the creaks and whispers that welcomed the characters.

I also loved the characters, there are very few in the book but they are so strong. I found Adam's Prosopagnosia so interesting. I had never heard of this condition before and thought Feeney seamlessly and so powerfully integrated how important a role this condition plays throughout the whole book. I thought the tension between both Adam and Amelia was super palpable and I felt we got to know each of them on a really personal level. The emotions are high and the reader becomes completely captivated by them. And then there is the mysterious Robin, the 'ghost' of the chapel you could say. I found her super intriguing and couldn't wait to see what role she would play.

The twists and turns that take place are fantastic! I didn't see them coming and was blown away! Feeney is a queen at making the reader see one thing and then she unveils something so surprising that we can't help but be in awe of how we did not see it coming. The twists are not at all cliche and are so clever, I actually wish I could read this again without knowing what is going to happen.

So you have probably guessed it, huge fan of this book! I honestly love Feeney's style and a big thank you to Net Galley for letting me read it before it was published.⁣


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Atmospheric

Tense

Clever


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'But then, isn't love like breathing? Isn't it instinct? Something we're born knowing how to do? Or is love like speaking French? If nobody teaches you, you'll never be fluent, and if you don't practice you forget how...'


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Robin, loved the role she played and I found her such a strong character.


OVERALL RATING:

10/10

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