This book started out kind of slow; I wasn’t sure what direction it was going in. We follow two seemingly unrelated stories: Jesse and his friends surfing in Wales, and Natalie – a psychologist whose husband mysteriously disappears.
I liked the Natalie parts. The mystery surrounding her husband, Jim, was intriguing and unpredictable. Jesse kind of annoyed me. John, the leader of their friendship trio, had some psychopathic tendencies which Jesse and the other friend, Darren, never fought against. I understand peer pressure, but they never really tried to oppose him even when they knew he was wrong. I just didn’t enjoy reading about those three. BUT once the story properly got going it was really good.
I liked the writing style. Transitions between characters and time frames were handled well. It was all very easy to follow, and totally unpredictable. The two stories eventually came together and made total sense, and although it started out slow, the pacing did change quite dramatically around half way through.
The Wave at Hanging Rock is a good, dark, psychological thriller. As the story unfurls, the plot becomes clearer and more dramatic, full of intrigue and misdirection, and loose ends all nicely tied up at the end.
I received a copy of this book from the author is exchange for an honest review.