Thank you so much to Claire McLaughlin from Flatiron Books for sending me an ARC of Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney and for asking me to take part in the blog tour this month! TODAY IS MY DAY to take part and I couldn’t be more excited!

This book publishes next week on September 7, 2021.

It’s official! I have a new favourite Alice Feeney book! Rock Paper Scissors is Feeney’s newest domestic thriller following a married couple who are hoping to revamp their marriage on a weekend getaway (that they won) to a remote chapel located in the Scottish Highlands.

I have always thoroughly enjoyed Feeney’s books—Sometimes I Lie has been a longstanding favourite of mine, with His & Hers (you can read my review here) coming in as a close second—but there is just something about the creepy setting in Rock Paper Scissors that put this book right at the top for me.

Rock Paper Scissors is told primarily through three alternating points of view: Adam, a workaholic screenwriter; his wife, Amelia; and letters that are written to Adam, from his wife, each year on their anniversary.  Each point of view is equally captivating and is written so well, but as always, there is something about letters and diary entries that completely captures my attention and immerses me right into the writing of any book.  So, the perfectly creepy setting paired with equally creepy omniscient letters is what made this book absolute perfection in my eyes.

NOW, Feeney has also come to be known as the queen of the killer twist—and this book did not disappoint in that regard either.  Rock Paper Scissors features the big twist, which thriller readers have come to expect in any thriller these days, but it also features incredible twists AFTER the big twist that completely took me by surprise.

I don’t usually review books based on the surprise element of the twist alone—I really try to rate and review books on the entire reading experience from the very first page.  With that being said, this book delivers on all fronts.

I won’t say any more about this book because I would hate to ruin the reading experience for anyone, BUT if you are looking for a captivating and twisty thriller that takes place in a creepy remote location WITH diary-like letter chapters, then this is seriously THE BOOK for you.

I will be recommending this book for years to come.

You can read the full synopsis below


Think you know the person you married? Think again…

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. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts – paper, cotton, pottery, tin – and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.

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