A Flaw in the Design, a review by Shelley

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Nathan Oates

Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
304 Pages
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Oh, how I loved this book! It was so different from the usual thrillers I read. It was very suspenseful and does a master take on the “is the narrator losing his mind?” trope. What made this book so thrilling was the fact that our narrator, Gil actually does have something to be afraid of and that’s his 17-year-old nephew, Matthew. Gil’s fears border on obsession and Gil turns into somewhat of a stalker.

This was exquisitely written and the author makes ordinary relationships within a family extraordinary. This book was downright creepy and truly the definition of unputdownable. The lines between what is reality and what is in Gil’s mind are truly blurred and the reader doesn’t know what’s real until the very end. And speaking of the end, it was masterfully done and left me wanting more. Bloody brilliant work by Nathan Oats. All. The. Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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