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Check It Out: You Shouldn’t Have Come Here by Jeneva Rose

This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today, I’m recommending author Jeneva Rose’s latest You Shouldn’t Have Come Here, an instant New York Times bestseller

Grace Evans, an overworked New Yorker looking for a total escape from her busy life, books an Airbnb on a ranch in the middle of Wyoming. When she arrives, she’s pleasantly surprised to find that the owner is a handsome man by the name of Calvin Wells. But there are things Grace discovers that she’s not too pleased about: A lack of cell phone service. A missing woman. And a feeling that something isn’t right with the ranch or the town.

Despite her uneasiness and misgivings from Calvin’s family and friends, the two grow close and start to fall for one another. However, as her departure date nears, things between them start to change for the worse. Grace grows wary of Calvin as his infatuation for her has seemingly turned into an obsession. Calvin fears Grace is hiding something from him.

Told from dual points of view through alternating sections, You Shouldn’t Have Come Here is a chilling thrill ride and a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when you open up your home and your heart to a total stranger.

Unlike most of the psychological suspense I’ve read in recent years, this book had quite the slow burn when it came to building the tension in the story. It took a bit of getting used to, but that gradual build really amplified the sinister undercurrent running throughout the whole story and made You Shouldn’t Have Come Here a fresh and exciting work, which is hard to do in such a popular and heavily saturated genre.

I genuinely couldn’t put this book down and stayed up way too late finishing it. Jeneva Rose gained a new fan in me with this book and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Check out You Shouldn’t Have Come Here and other new works of psychological suspense at the Sioux City Public Library.

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