REVIEW: Her Last Tomorrow, Adam Croft

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Could you murder your wife to save your daughter? On the surface, Nick Connor's life is seemingly perfect: a quiet life with his beautiful family and everything he could ever want. But soon his murky past will collide with his idyllic life and threaten the very people he loves the most in the world. 
When his five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is kidnapped, Nick's life is thrown into a tailspin. In exchange for his daughter's safe return, Nick will have to do the unthinkable: he must murder his wife. With his family's lives hanging in the balance, what will Nick do? Can he and his family survive when the evil that taunts them stems from the sins of his past? 
DNF @ 30%
The issue with this book is that the author doesn't seem to understand the distinction between anti-heroes/villains and deeply unlikeable characters. For even though the former may have done some deeply questionable things and may be self destructive or even downright villainous, they still manage to incite empathy from the reader. If the way a character is created stops you from feeling any empathy for them, then ultimately, the book has failed in its purpose because no matter what happens to them, no one reading will give a damn.
The two main characters definitely fell upon the side of dislikable, although admittedly Nick was far more so than Tasha, and it got to the point where I cringed at the thought of turning the page and hearing more of what they had to say. Both of them are ignorant, selfish, self-absorbed and honestly I have no idea why they were so desperate to have a baby because they treat her (and her disappearance) as a minor inconvenience to their oh-so-important lives.
In addition to the parents' appalling characterisation, I feel as though we didn't have enough time with their child to really care enough about her going missing. Honestly, I kind of hope that a lovely family drove passed and saw how shit her parents were and decided to save her from them. As far as I can tell, the only reason why they seem to care about their child is so that they can rub it in their partner's face that they love her more. 
And don't even get me started on the whole ransom email thing.
My patience has been seriously cut short over the past few days when it comes to shitty literature and I mean, I could stick with this book for another 200 pages to say that I gave it a fair chance but honestly, I'd much rather stick pins in my eyes.

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