Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
Four women—friends, family, rivals—turn to online dating for companionship, only to find themselves in the crosshairs of a tech-savvy killer using an app to target his victims in this harrowing thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run and The Bad Daughter.
Online dating is risky—will that message be a sweet greeting or an unsolicited lewd photo? Will he be as handsome in real life as he is in his photos, or were they taken ten years and twenty pounds ago? And when he asks you to go home with him, how do you know it’s safe? The man calling himself “Mr. Right Now” in his profile knows that his perfect hair, winning smile, and charming banter put women at ease, silencing any doubts they might have about going back to his apartment. There, he has a special evening all planned out: steaks, wine, candlelight . . . and, by the end of the night, pain and a slow, agonizing death.
Driven to desperation—by divorce, boredom, infidelity, a beloved husband’s death—a young woman named Paige, her cousin and rival Heather, her best friend, Chloe, and her mother, Joan, all decide to try their hand at online dating. They each download an app, hoping to right-swipe their way to love and happiness.
But one of them unwittingly makes a date with the killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.
New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a complex, electrifying thriller about friendship, jealousy, and passion—a deadly combination.
About: All the Wrong Places is a thriller written by Joy Fielding. It was recently published on 3/12/2019 by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 368 pages. The genres are thriller, suspense, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Ballantine Books was established in 1952 by the legendary paperback pioneers Ian and Betty Ballantine, publishing original works of both award-winning fiction and nonfiction in both hardcover and paperback formats under one umbrella, including such bestselling novelists as Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin, Debbie Macomber, Jonathan Kellerman, Tess Gerritsen, Justin Cronin, etc.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading All the Wrong Places on 5/17/2019 and finished it on 5/22/2019. This book is an excellent read. I love the first chapter, definitely a strong start to hook in readers’ attention. The chapters following after that was slow building, but still an interesting enough to read that I didn’t want to put it down. I was hoping the killer to be among the men the four main women characters were involved with but I was disappointed to find out that he’s his own mystery person. I do like that the author include his point of view in the story. I like the concept of online dating and the killer can be an everyday good looking person that could easily fool anyone into thinking he could be the good guy instead of the bad ones.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Mr. Right Now as he is having dinner and torturing a lady he met on a dating app. He informs readers that he’s very handsome, more handsome than the fake profile picture he uses and that women trusts him enough to leave the crowded bar they initially met and go to his apartment for a home cooked meal. The story then goes back to 3 weeks earlier, following Paige Hamilton, 33 as she experienced yet another failed date with a man she met on a dating app. Paige is currently living with her 70 year-old mother after her father passed away 2 years ago. She’s unemployed and her lived-in boyfriend Noah of 3 years left her for her cousin. Another view is Chloe, Paige’s best friend. Chloe married a handsome womanizer Matt. She joined the dating app to verify that her husband is on there per an anonymous phone call informing her of her husband’s online presence. The fourth view is Joan, Paige’s mom. Joan decided to join the dating apps as suggested by Paige to find a companion since her husband’s death. The fifth view is of Heather, Paige’s cousin. Heather is unhappy even though she’s having all of Paige’s things: apartment, boyfriend, and career. She joined the dating app to look for excitement.
All the Wrong Places is well written. I enjoyed the different stories of the four women including the killer’s. I like Paige’s mom, being 70 and out dating again. I like the luck Paige was having even though she personally probably hate all the inconveniences thrown her way. Heather’s drama is a bit funny. She thinks she’s doing a revenge on Chloe but she didn’t realize she’s being used and easily discarded. I like Chloe only when she caught the new contact in Matt’s phone toward the end. The idea of online dating apps always interest me and I’m glad to have read this book. Although there weren’t much twists in who the killer is, I do enjoy the reminder that the killer could be someone other than loners and uglies. I do recommend everyone to read this book.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, dating apps, love & betrayal, family & friends, online dating apps
Con: not much twists
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is Watching, Now You See Her, Still Life, Mad River Road, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.