Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
A copy of this novel was provided through NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
There was something sincerely compelling about the way Silvis carries his story once he really gets going. One thing that makes Two Days Gone so fascinating and thrilling is the idea of what makes the main mystery a real, well, mystery. I liked seeing the way we're shown the main characters thoughts and how it all plays out. You think you have a person figured out and you don't. I think there was this interesting tone of friendship in it, too.
I think it begs one horrifying question: what happens when your family is murdered and you've become a suspect in the lead of it? What happens if your friend is the accused? I don't think this is an easy topic to approach and at times, it's dull and shaky in the exploration of it. However, at the end of the day, Silvis explores this mystery quite well that leaves us on the edges of our seats until its final page.
I can't really explain it without spoilers and I know, I know, my review is a bit all over the place and will be edited once I'm not in a rush.
Debbie Krenzer, another reviewer on Goodreads, sums up the novel quite well: "Believe me, getting through the beginning is worth the ending." I honestly couldn't put it any better than she did--the end is slow, which is what knocks the rating down a bit for me, personally, but once Two Days Gone gets into its groove and explores everything about one fateful night, it really grasps at you and holds you in place.
What makes a good thriller or mystery is when the story keeps you on your toes and tugs you in a different direction with every revelation. For the most part, this is one of those novels. I don't think it's going to get the attention it deserves because of its rocky start but the thing is, it only gets better as the pages fly by--and believe me, they do fly by once you get into it.
A very solid thriller that is perfect for a gloomy day. I look forward to more installments in the Ryan DeMarco series!