Rock Paper Scissors is domestic thriller meets horror. We all know that the most important part of a horror story is location and Alice Feeney gets it right with this one! The bulk of the story is set in a converted old chapel in the Scottish Highlands where a couple are celebrating their anniversary. The husband is a career-obsessed screenwriter with face blindness and the wife is, well annoyed, with her husband.
The atmosphere in this one was such a hit for me; creepy, isolated, old chapel in a snowstorm. The tension built with every noisy and creak. Chapters alternate between the wife and husband with letters written by the wife each anniversary. We see the current state of their lives and slowly the details of the past are filled in for us. I’ll stop there because anything more would be major spoilery.
The twist did surprise me but not wow me. I think I’m harder on thrillers than other types of novels but Alice Feeney’s last novel was really amazing and this one I thought was just good. The ending was a little like, ok we need to wrap it up so here you go. This one is perfect for an evening binge read or beach read because the pages definitely kept turning.
Thanks to Netgalley for access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.
The game Rock, Paper, Scissors plays a role in this novel, so tell me which of the three do you usually throw first?