Book Review: The End of Her by Shari Lapena

The End of Her by Shari Lapena is about a married couple, Stephanie and Patrick, and their colicky newborn twin girls. As the couple struggle with the pitfalls of being new parents, a woman from Patrick's past comes to town and leverages a horrific accusation towards him . . . that Patrick killed his first wife and unborn child. He swears he's innocent and that Erica is just trying to blackmail them.

If there is ever a book that is similar to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, then Shari Lapena's The End of Her is the book of all books you can compare it to. When I finished The End of Her, I was extremely angry at the ending. This time, I didn't throw the book across the room like I did when I finished Gone Girl, but I was just as outraged. I won't say more than that as not to ruin it for those who haven't read The End of Her.

With that being said, this novel was exceptionally well written, and it kept engaged throughout the story. I wasn't sure what would happen because there were so many directions it could have gone, but I was disappointed in the ending and absolutely hated it. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect thrillers to be all sunshine and rainbows, but by the end of the novel, I found almost every single character to be unlikable, even ones that I originally liked. And, I wanted it to have something redeeming about it.

The End of Her wasn't my least favorite by Shari Lapena, but it definitely wasn't my favorite either. I'd recommend reading An Unwanted Guest or A Stranger in the House before this one. I gave it three out of five stars. If you like this book, I'd recommend Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.


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