Interference by Amélie Antoine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Gabriel is faced with the tragedy of his life--his beautiful wife Chloe, although a great swimmer, has drowned in the ocean. Chloe meant everything to him, and so he finds himself needing the support of a bereavement group. In that same group, Emma, a photographer and wannabe world explorer, is volunteering her time. While Gabriel and Emma get closer, the presence of Chloe starts to become stronger and stronger. The question is--will this bring Emma closer to Gabriel, or push her away?
This book will strike a lot of feelings in readers, but not necessarily in a good way. The book starts off as a somber mystery, wondering whether Chloe is able to interfere with Gabriel's world from the afterlife. Chloe and Emma are the main narrators, and they both have an agenda to complete, none of which makes it seem like either one care about Gabriel in the matter. Chloe doesn't want Gabriel to move on from their relationship, and Emma is determined to keep their budding relationship moving as fast as possible.
Then a severe plot twist in the middle (which I won't reveal here) turns these deceptive women into full-blown unreliable narrators. This induced a lot of anger while reading it, because the second half of the book felt messy and contrived to fit into what the average person considers to be 'real drama' these days. The women are still awful people, and Gabriel is still stuck in the middle. You don't know whether to feel sorry for him or chuckle because if he doesn't see how these women really are, he deserves what he gets. The only redeeming quality of this book? The women get what they deserve by the end, too.
*Book provided by NetGalley
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