Grievance by Christine Bell was sort of an impulse pick I had while browsing through Netgalley one day. A novel marketed as a “haunting and suspenseful (novel) that draws readers into the world of a grieving widow stalked by a stranger bent on stealing away everything she has left- even her past.“ I figured it sounded completely original from anything else I have been reading; it isn’t often a grieving widow is at the core of a thriller novel.
Now that I have finished reading, I am not 100% sure how I felt about this one.
What I Liked:
I did enjoy the play on words with the title; discussing both the grief that the protagonist is going through and her complaints of the “do-gooder” around her. I thought that was a really clever aspect.
I also liked Bell’s voice throughout the text. I found that I was absolutely curious enough to keep reading, even though I was finding myself overly thrilled or connected to the text.
I also found that the aspect of grief and the psychology of grief that was core to the plot was quite interesting; it is a concept that is not discussed often in fiction so I found that was very original and had me intrigued.
What I Struggled With:
Grievance was not a thriller. I feel as if it was completely mis-marketed as such.
I also found that this one was quite a bit slower than I was expecting. It did pick up the pace near the end but, for the most part, it was pretty slow moving.
I also found that I couldn’t connect to any of the characters; I didn’t really feel anything throughout the whole text.
Overall, I feel like this one read like a contemporary drama or family fiction. If you like that style of novel, then maybe this one would be a better fit. However, if you want a thriller or something to keep you on the edge of your seat, this would be one I would skip.