I loved the format of this book–we follow Charlie around as he is obsessively trying to save his career, and the mystery plays out in the form of a podcast, which is a refreshing way to read it. Personally, I never really connected with Charlie. I thought he was overly confident, and someone who I most certainly would not get along with in real life. He seemed sexist and obsessed with himself and his career, and thought he was smarter than everyone else in the world.
Which, to be fair, he may be one of the smartest, most manipulative characters I’ve read in a while. When you have the balls to completely lie to your boss under a deadline that is already insane, you must be really confident–or just downright stupid.
There were good and bad things about this book, in my opinion. I would have liked to see more characteristics and connections with Candence, the girl that was missing. However, I think the point of it is tht you can’t really connect with someone who has been missing, you do the best you can through the interviews you get–and those are even half truths. Also, I thought the book was a little slow. However, I also get this because it really read more like a true crime novel than a fiction book, which seems like it might have been what Sterner was going for.
All in all, this was a pretty good novel, but not my typical fast-paced novel. There are some triggers in it that I feel obligated to warn of: incest, abuse, rape, and obviously some description of violence. If you’re a fan of true crime podcasts, I would say that you’d probably enjoy this book a lot more than I did!
Thank you to Kelsey Butts for the free copy of Solving Cadence Moore in exchange for my honest review.