Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
A Tale of Twists that Feel Forced
I’ve just completed Alice Feeney’s latest book, “Good Bad Girl,” and let me tell you, it’s the kind of read that keeps you up all night! On the other hand, “Rock Paper Scissors” was enjoyable, though it didn’t captivate me as much as I had hoped, especially after the high of the previous read. While I appreciated the abundance of twists and turns, I didn’t find myself falling head over heels for it. The narrative seemed somewhat lacking in depth, and some of the twists felt forced.
I’m the type of reader who’s glued to a book when it truly grabs me, and unfortunately, this one didn’t have that effect. I found it hard to ignore the moments when the plot didn’t quite add up. For instance, Adam’s prosopagnosia (face blindness) was intriguing, but his inability to recognize a familiar signature felt a bit off. After establishing his familiarity with the church by depicting him navigating the creaky steps and unlocking doors, the story didn’t explore this further, leaving a loose end.
There were other instances that strained believability and left me puzzled, without much resolution. The ending, while somewhat redeemed by the ghostly elements for Robin, left me questioning its connection to the narrative. The trinket-filled box on the grave referenced the title “rock paper scissors,” but its presence lacked clear significance. Admittedly, I might have missed the connection.
In my assessment, this book had potential, but the author’s fixation on twists seemed to lead her astray from a cohesive direction. All things considered; I’d rate it three stars. If you’re inclined to support the author, you can find the link below.