Final Cut - S.J. Watson

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Official Blurb:

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.
It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary.
But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?
Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret.

My Thoughts:

So, I’m really sorry, but this wasn’t great!
I was really excited to see a new book from S.J. Watson was coming out. I devoured ‘While You Sleep’ and watched the film straight after. So, I expected great things from the author. I was hoping to be blown away and to be completely gripped by the story. I wasn’t!
I really struggled to connect to the protagonist. I know she was having memory problems, but the way it was portrayed made the story seem disjointed. At times I’d feel like I’d missed out on a chunk of the book and I was just sat there bewildered. It was only really at the end that you sort of realise what the author had been trying to do, but I think it missed the mark massively!
It was a combination of trying to keep us, the reader, in suspense with what was going on and Alex having revelations but it just wasn’t working. The villagers keeping all their secrets were very annoying, and Alex would be speaking to them and then the next thing she would have given up on the conversation and be somewhere else. Whenever one of the other characters was trying to tell her something she’d just scream over them demanding answers but not letting them speak. This was beyond frustrating.
She was also accusing one particular character of everything. However, this seemed to be based on nothing other than he lived in a creepy house on the top of a hill. She got a bee in her bonnet about him and wouldn’t let go, but it was formed from nothing.
The ending was very over-complicated, but it was easy enough to keep up. However, the author felt it necessary to spoon-feed us the minor details in the form of a therapy session in the last chapter. I felt this was a little unnecessary as if we couldn’t figure out what had happened. Maybe even he was confused and needed his own clarification?
So, I’m afraid this had a good premise but wasn’t executed very well at all. Only a two-star read of me.

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Final Cut
by S.J. Watson
Date Started
19th July 2020
Date Finished
22nd July 2020
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