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Saint X Review

Updated: Nov 4

Well, this was a disappointment. And that’s putting it mildly.


Rating: 2/5

Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men – employees at the resort - are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives.


Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth - not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation.


As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy.

 

This was voted as my August #EnchantedReadsBookClub pick!

Well, this was a disappointment. And that’s putting it mildly.

I honestly found this to be such a waste of time. It felt extremely drawn out and overly descriptive with a plot that goes nowhere. I genuinely don’t see a point to this book. It had so much potential too. But in the end, it falls flat. I found this to be such a frustrating read. I really thought, hoped, and prayed for something to happen. Nope. Never. I remember thinking to myself when I finished, “that’s it?”, “What was the point?!”, and “well that was a waste of time.”

I honestly found this to be such a waste of time. It felt extremely drawn out and overly descriptive with a plot that goes nowhere

Earlier this week, I posted about books I should have DNF’d, honestly if this wasn’t a book club pick, I totally would have DNF’d this one. I only kept going because of my book club.

But let me just say, the only upside to having read this entirely was because of my book club, as I wasn’t alone in how I felt about this book. I don’t think a single person who took part in reading this with me enjoyed this one. We collectively complained about how disappointing this read was. It made for a very entertaining discussion!

So that said, this I would suggest could make a great book club pick! It will totally spark a conversation!