Published by Celadon Books on May 11, 2021
Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he's teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what's left of his self-respect; he hasn't written--let alone published--anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn't need Jake's help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot.
Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker's first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that--a story that absolutely needs to be told.
In a few short years, all of Evan Parker's predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says.
As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his "sure thing" of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?
I’d heard so much about this book right before it was released, and I was so eager to read it! The premise was so tantalizing, I couldn’t wait to read it when my preorder arrived.
This definitely started off as a slow burn for me, but it got its hooks in me and kept reeling me in. It was a really gripping story that kept me needing to know more. I loved piecing things together (sooner than Jacob did, which certainly increased the tension!), and seeing events unfold, and the pace really kicked into high gear towards the end.
If you are looking for a different kind of mystery/thriller, particularly one that starts out slow but manages to pull you in deep before you know what’s hit you, check this out!