Review: For Your Own Good

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

Do you ever read a review for a book and put off reading it? That is what I did with For Your Own Good. As soon as the book came out, I added it to my to be read list, but then I read a review that called it a macabre thriller. Now I love a good psychological thriller that messes with my head, but I can’t do horror and gore. I’m the kind of person who can’t even watch a commercial for a scary movie, so I moved this book to the back burner after reading that review.

My December was filled with cute holiday books and as much as I love my romance books, I needed to kick off 2022 with a thriller and decided to borrow this book from the library, and if it was too gory for me, I would stop reading. Well, I’m glad I didn’t let that review stop me from reading this book because not only was it extremely misleading, but I absolutely loved this book. In my opinion it was not macabre at all and I actually found this to be a funny thriller with how over the top the characters were.

One of my favorite things about the book was the multiple points of view you get which really helped build the story and also had my mind going in a million directions when something was revealed. If you are looking for likable characters though, you won’t find them in this book. Most are self-centered, feel entitled, and greedy, but it definitely works for the story. Teddy is such a strange yet interesting character and you are just waiting for the other shoe to drop with him.

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