Being a male, there are a few genres that I generally don’t dip into, like romance, erotica, etc. But one thing I do love is a good thriller. The thing is, I generally read thrillers written by males, with male protagonists. Maybe it’s because there are so many of them, or I just think I’ll be able to relate better to the main character.
I’m also a huge film fan, with one of my favorite modern directors being David Fincher. So, of course when ‘Gone Girl’ came out as a movie, I went ahead and saw it – even though I’d dismissed it when I’d seen it all over the store shelves. Saw it, loved it. That changed my view on the genre, and when ‘The Girl on the Train’ got to be ubiquitous, I bought a copy. Loved it too. Not fine literature, but still a damn good thriller.
As an author, I follow a lot of fellow authors online – and therefore come across a LOT of books. Some I buy, most I don’t … and even fewer grab me as something worth telling others about. Danielle Esplin‘s ‘Give It Back’ falls into that “I need to tell other people to read this” category.
Since it’s a thriller, and a mystery, it’s best for me to not to say much here about it, other than that it follows the story of the disappearance of an au pair and the teenage brother of the baby she’d been caring for. Esplin jumps around each chapter to different points of view, told in present time from what you’d call the main character, and historically, like journal entries, from the others. It works really well, as it allows her to slowly unfold the story and reveal what’s really happening – both as the main character learns tidbits about what happened and the other characters reveal the actual events.
According to what I’ve read, this is Esplin’s first novel – but you’d never know it from the control she shows over the characters and story. While I can’t claim to be an expert in female-led domestic thrillers, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I can’t wait to see what Esplin comes up with next.
Go grab a copy for yourself. If you’re like me, you’ll speed through it in as few sittings as you can possibly manage.