Book & Author Details:
Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard
Publication date: 22nd August 2019
From the bestselling, multiple prize-shortlisted novelist Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime…
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…
‘Catherine Ryan Howard is a gift to crime writing. Her characters are credible, her stories are original and her plotting is ingenious. Every book is a treat to look forward to.’ Liz Nugent
Once again, I start a review with an apology. I’m sorry that the author’s hard work just missed the mark for me. I know that I am in the minority here, and honestly, I completely understand why.
There were parts of this book that really grabbed my attention and pulled me in – Natalie, the reporter – their POVs were interesting and vital. But several other characters were in the mix too, and I understand that their involvement in the story arc is meant to heighten the tension and drive the mystery but for me, they jolted me out of the story somewhat. And, given the nature of the “then and now” narrative style, the two things didn’t gel together for me.
And that is why this is something of a dichotomy of a review. I don’t think this is a bad book. The writing is very visceral. I strongly suspect that if I had been able to stick it out, the payoff would have been worth it. It simply bounced back and forth too many times (character and/or timeframe) for me to maintain interest, and ultimately, I had to put the book down. Maybe I’ll come back to it. Just not now.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.