Monday, January 17, 2022

Book Review: Look What You Made Me Do

By Sara Steven

Carrie wants a normal life.

Carrie Lawrence doesn’t need a happily ever after. She’ll just settle for “after.” After a decade of helping her sister hide her victims. After a lifetime of lies. She just wants to be safe, boring, and not trekking through the woods at night with a dead body wrapped in a carpet.

Becca wants to get away with murder.

Becca Lawrence doesn’t believe in happily ever after because she’s already happy. She’s gotten away with murder for a decade and has blackmailed her sister into helping her hide the evidence—what more could a girl want?

But first they have to stop a serial killer.

When thirteen bodies are discovered in their small town, people are shocked. But not as shocked as Carrie, who thought she knew all the details of Becca’s sordid pastime. When Becca swears she’s not behind the grisly new crimes, they realize the town has a second serial killer who has the sisters in his sights, and what he wants is…Carrie. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

One of the biggest aspects I appreciated most about Look What You Made Me Do, is the normalcy brought on by both primary characters within the story. Of course I know that anyone who is a serial killer is meant to be feared, yet Becca ended up becoming someone I sided with a time or two, despite her background! Just the dynamics between Carrie and Becca was enough to keep me hooked, yet the introduction of thirteen bodies only tipped the scales, because I wanted to know what was going on just as much as they did. If it’s not Becca, then who is it?

I honestly had no clue on who it could have been. When Carrie and Becca set out to discover that answer for themselves, I sifted through the clues as though I was right there with them, watching through the lens of cameras and video, trying to get a sense for who could be trusted, and who might trigger any sort of red flags. Finally, when the reader comes upon that magical “aha” moment, it really was a shock. And the last few chapters were such a whirlwind roller coaster, I had no choice but to stay up late and finish the book, because there was no way I’d be left with a cliffhanger like that!

Carrie wants to live a normal life, but for most of it, her sister hasn’t allowed that. I could appreciate the continual push and pull that Carrie feels for Becca, in wanting to escape the clutches of someone who does everything she can to manipulate in order to get what she wants, but at the same time, there is an elevated appreciation for Becca’s penchant to do whatever the heck she feels like, no matter what. That becomes more than evident the later the story unfolds, and Carrie has to take on some of those qualities herself in order to survive. Look What You Made Me Do was such a wild ride, an adrenaline-fueled five-star experience!

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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