Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Book Review


Book Description

Psycho meets Fatal Attraction in this explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime from the bestselling author of Distress Signals and The Liar’s Girl

PLAY 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?

PAUSE 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…

REWIND Psycho meets Fatal Attraction in this 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…

My Thoughts

The book opens with a startling and chilling scene.  A woman, asleep, in bed in a room that is unfamiliar to her.  She is not alone!  A dark shadowy figure stands motionless in the corner of the room.  Watching and waiting.  The woman stirs and the balaclava clad intruder approaches her and strokes her face, flicks her cheek. They want her to wake up so that she is aware of what is about to happen to her.  A knife!  She struggles but it is no good……………The intruder lays down the knife and walks to the chest of drawers destroying the hidden camera that lives there.

Well I for one didn’t expect that opening but it really sets the bar for what ultimately is a fast paced, pager turner of a thriller.  The book uses the Rewind, Pause, Play devise to great effect in building the story that follows.  Who was murdered? Why? And by whom? And, along with time stamps, it introduces us to the fairly large number of characters that appear in the book.

First Natalie, a lifestyle blogger and Instagram star, married to Mike and seemingly living the dream if her Instagram pics are anything to go by, then why is she on a bus , 300 km from home approaching a remote Irish seaside town on a freezing cold November day.

Andrew, a loner and manager of a small cluster of modern holiday cottages but with a dark and unpleasant secret.  He watches his guests through hidden cameras.

Audrey currently staying in her sisters very small spare room, struggling to find work as a reporter and working for low pay in the Entertainments department of an online newspaper.

Using the times before and after the murder of the woman in the bed each of these characters and more are introduced and we learn of their involvement in the story.  It may appear confusing but the writing is well done and all the characters are very different from each other both in action/setting and appearance that there is little to no confusion.

The setting and descriptive writing are very well done and create a wonderfully suspenseful and pacy atmosphere. The language used to describe the isolated Irish seaside village is very evocative and use of the local character’s such as the policeman and local ‘handyman’ Richard really help set the scene.

The more you read the more you learn of each character and as the secrets and chilling truths are unearthed the plot thickens with Audrey becoming the main character.  Will she get to the truth of the story?

I really enjoyed this read, a hard review to write without giving away crucial spoilers, but if you like a good thriller I recommend you pick up a copy of this and give it a go!

Rewind is published by Corvus Books and is out now.  Thank you to the publishers and to NetGalley for my advanced copy.


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