Kubica plots are like Chinese puzzle boxes. You have to wrack your brains to get to the solution, which usually means having to literally think out of the box.
The story starts with Quinn’s room-mate disappearing. Not that she notices straight away, in fact in takes her a while to figure out Esther isn’t just busy.
Quinn quickly becomes paranoid about the whole situation. She thinks Esther is a killer, a killer who is now stalking Quinn. It changes everything and all the clues appear in a completely different light. Now she starts to investigate Esther as the perpetrator, as opposed to the victim.
Simultaneously the reader also follows the story of Alex. The son of a drunk, a loner fighting to survive from one day to the next. He is enamoured with a young woman he has named Pearl. He watches her spy on someone else every day. Alex is working up the courage to speak to her. There is just something so enthralling about her.
The stories seem completely unconnected and it isn’t even clear whether they are in the same era, which makes the read all the more interesting.
Once again Kubica manages to draw the audience in and keep them guessing till the end. It’s a mystery within a mystery with a twist at the end.