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Title: This Might Hurt
Author: Stephanie Wrobel
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Page Count: 336
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
rom the USA Today bestselling and Edgar-nominated author ofDarling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters—one trapped in the clutches of a cult, the other in a web of her own lies.
Welcome to Wisewood. We’ll keep your secrets if you keep ours.
Natalie Collins hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year.
The last time they spoke, Kit was slogging from mundane workdays to obligatory happy hours to crying in the shower about their dead mother. She told Natalie she was sure there was something more out there.
And then she found Wisewood.
On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world—no Internet, no phones, no exceptions. But the rules are for a good reason: to keep guests focused on achieving true fearlessness so they can become their Maximized Selves. Natalie thinks it’s a bad idea, but Kit has had enough of her sister’s cynicism and voluntarily disappears off the grid.
Six months later Natalie receives a menacing e-mail from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Panicked, Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home. But she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let either of them go without a fight.
This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel is a thriller novel. The story in This Might Hurt is one that is told in different timelines and by changing the point of view between the characters with one being an unknown character with a late reveal.
Sisters Natalie and Kit have been out of touch for the last six months with Kit having gone off to a private retreat known as Wisewood. Natalie has always looked out for Kit so when she gets a note from Kit she immediately heads out to Wisewood to find her sister not letting the remote setting and unwelcoming residents get in her way.
I really thought that his Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel would be a book that was right up my alley and I’d fall in love with it but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. This one was sort of confusing with the timelines and point of view changes that I’d often find myself trying to figure it out and I never really felt connected with the characters due to this. By the end I found that some parts were actually likable so it was a shame that it got off to the rocky start leaving my rating at two and a half stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last four years with her husband and her dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies. Darling Rose Gold is her first novel.