PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William
October 28, 2020
“Even If We Break” by Marieke Nijkamp is a mystery-thriller about a group of friends who are spending a night together in a cabin in the woods. This group of friends is falling apart and they plan on playing a role-playing game for one final time before their friendship comes to an end. The friends all seem to be hiding secrets from each other, and as the night goes on, the secrets are slowly revealed.
The book has a great premise which interests the reader from the start. The reader begins the book by wondering about the characters’ pasts and is kept intrigued by the reveals of each character’s secrets. Nijkamp also does a great job creating suspense. This book is a constant stream of horrific events, leaving the reader in a constant state of wanting to figure out what happens next.
However, one negative thing about this book is that Nijkamp doesn’t do such a great job creating engaging characters. Although these characters are unique and well developed, the way they act and think are so unrelatable that it is hard to make connections with them. This may leave readers indifferent to many of the plot twists and to the different relationships between characters.
“Even If We Break” is overall a great read for someone looking for a suspenseful thriller. It has a great plot, lots of horror, and is full of cliff-hangers.