Review: Rock Paper Scissors
Author: Alice Feeney
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
For: Personal Interest
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Things have been wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Every anniversary the couple exchanges traditional gifts--paper, cotton, pottery, tin--and each year Adam's wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.
I love thrillers. Love them. When I read the synopsis of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, I knew I had to read it. I especially had to read it when I found out that Adam Wright has prosopagnosia or face blindness.
Like Adam, my husband has face blindness. He doesn’t recognize people when he looks at their face. He uses their voice, hair, mannerisms, and other features to help him recognize them. Unlike Adam, he does recognize facial expressions and facial features while he’s looking at them, but he can’t recall what he saw when he looks away.
I really liked the premise of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS. I liked the alternating POVs and I liked reading the secret letters from Adam’s wife. The story was suspenseful from the get-go and I wanted to keep reading so I knew what was going on, what was going to happen, and how it would all come together in the end.
As I read the story, I figured out some of the mystery. I didn’t figure out everything … and I was a little disappointed in the ending. Only a little disappointed, though, because I thought it was kind of confusing. If Alice Feeney had stopped it one chapter sooner, I think the ending would’ve been better. Maybe, I’m wrong and I missed the point of the last chapter. If you’ve read ROCK PAPER SCISSORS and you disagree, please tell my why.
Even though I was slightly disappointed, I still had fun reading ROCK PAPER SCISSORS. I stayed up way too late one night feeling the suspense and not being able to put the book down. Needless to say, I’ll look into Alice Feeney’s other books.
Have you read ROCK PAPER SCISSORS? If so, what did you think?
I have seen mention of this book elsewhere. Fantastic review – I’m super curious and want to read this now!
Thank you. I hope you like it when you read it. You’ll have to let me know what you think.
I’ve seen this around a lot, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The quote you posted “The scariest haunted houses are always the ones in which you are the ghost.” is creepy too!
It is creepy, isn’t it? That’s why I chose it. I’m glad it did what I wanted it to, lol. 🙂
I want to love thriller books, but a lot of the ones I’ve read have been disappointing.
I can understand that. They have to be done right. Plus, I know you have a knack for guessing what’s going on, which would make thrillers not very thirller-y for you. I can do it sometimes. I still like the story, though, even if I can guess what’s going on because I like to see if I’m right.
I have heard of facial blindness but not known anyone who had it before. Does your husband recognize your face out of familiarity or does he recognize you from your other cues like voice, hair style? It must be so frustrating for him.
It’s very frustrating for him, especially when he asks me if the actor in such and such movie is so and so and it’s not so and so. It’s someone completely different. We have very lively discussions about movies and actors that are in them, lol.
He said he’s been with me long enough that we can recognize me when he sees me. Same with other people he’s been around enough or formed a close enough attachment to. He just wouldn’t be able to describe us to a sketch artist if it ever came down to that.