Three Cambridge students working with the blind daughter of a famous novelist have their lives disrupted when one of them disappears.
In her other life, Emily Winslow is a well-respected crafter of puzzles, and that expertise shines through in the intricate plotting of The Whole World. Through the use of multiple points-of-view, Winslow creates a layered mystery where it’s nearly impossible to figure out what really happened–but when you learn the truth, it all makes perfect sense.
I loved the Cambridge setting and the way Winslow made it such a strong part of the story. Her characterizations were really well done, thoughtfully created with subtlety and depth. Psychologically the book had a lot going on, much like the works of Ruth Rendell and Tana French, though with far less forensics.
Despite the tightness of the narrative, I’m not sure I was completely satisfied at the end–but I think that’s because I was wishing that there were more book to read!
Many thanks to Hachette Book Group for the review copy.