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Think you know the person you married? Think again… Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Eve Think you know the person you married? Think again… Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts – paper, cotton, pottery, tin – and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after. Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget. Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.


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Think you know the person you married? Think again… Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Eve Think you know the person you married? Think again… Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts – paper, cotton, pottery, tin – and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after. Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget. Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.

30 review for Rock Paper Scissors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    OH MY GOODNESS WHAT it’s 1am and I just finished this book and my brain is still spinning. I can’t BELIEVE the amount of twists at the end of this book! 🤯 I’m so impressed. I LOVED the atmosphere in this book, it was so spooky and creepy. This couple goes to this chapel and it’s supposed to be a romantic getaway, but there’s a snow storm and creepy noises and unexplainable things happening while they are there. In alternate chapters we get to read letters that the wife has written to him over th OH MY GOODNESS WHAT it’s 1am and I just finished this book and my brain is still spinning. I can’t BELIEVE the amount of twists at the end of this book! 🤯 I’m so impressed. I LOVED the atmosphere in this book, it was so spooky and creepy. This couple goes to this chapel and it’s supposed to be a romantic getaway, but there’s a snow storm and creepy noises and unexplainable things happening while they are there. In alternate chapters we get to read letters that the wife has written to him over their ten years of marriage, and they are taking this trip to try and attempt to save their marriage, and things just keep going wrong. This book was absolutely WILD. I also personally love books that follow writers, so I especially loved that aspect of this book. It was just so well-written, and so smart and this is definitely my new favorite Alice Feeney!!!! 😍

  2. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney Adam and Amelia, a married couple whose marriage is on the rocks, travel to a converted chapel at Blackwater Loch in the Scottish Highlands. Amelia won a free stay there from a contest at work, they are heading into a snow storm, and they know nothing about the chapel or the area. What could go wrong in an Alice Feeney novel with this scenario? Interspersed with chapters from Adam's perspective and Amelia's perspective are anniversary letters that Adam's wife wr Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney Adam and Amelia, a married couple whose marriage is on the rocks, travel to a converted chapel at Blackwater Loch in the Scottish Highlands. Amelia won a free stay there from a contest at work, they are heading into a snow storm, and they know nothing about the chapel or the area. What could go wrong in an Alice Feeney novel with this scenario? Interspersed with chapters from Adam's perspective and Amelia's perspective are anniversary letters that Adam's wife writes to him. These letters are her true feelings about each past year of marriage, detailing how she really feels about their marriage and the way Adam treats her in comparison to how he seems to feel about anything related to his career as a screenwriter. She knows that his job comes first, it's everything to him, but she's still there, year after year. Nothing is as it seems and with Adam and Amelia at such odds before they even get to the chapel, it doesn't help that so much doesn't seem to go right once they are there. Strange things start happening, the electricity goes off, there are weird sounds, a face in a window, the phones don't work, things are not right. Is it really one of them or is it someone or something else? I'd think I might have an inkling to what was going on but really I was mostly confused, suspicious, and was totally clueless to the main twist. The way the chapters were presented worked to keep me from figuring things out and I liked that about this story. Publication: September 7, 2021 Thank you to Macmillan Publishers/Flatiron Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Okay, may I proudly announce my not only my favorite book of the author but also the best thriller of the year? Ovation ceremony already started! My dear friends cancel your all plans, say goodbye to your loved ones and locked yourself a place for a half day! This is absolutely definitely completely the one of the best works make me adore and be jealous of extremely creative mind of an author! YOU SHOULDN’T MISS this book! I’m marking my words! You have to devour it in few hours because: Three Okay, may I proudly announce my not only my favorite book of the author but also the best thriller of the year? Ovation ceremony already started! My dear friends cancel your all plans, say goodbye to your loved ones and locked yourself a place for a half day! This is absolutely definitely completely the one of the best works make me adore and be jealous of extremely creative mind of an author! YOU SHOULDN’T MISS this book! I’m marking my words! You have to devour it in few hours because: Three POVed narration of flawed, unreliable, cunning characters and those emotional, a little disturbing letters contains the ugly truth of a marriage’s anatomy are keeping you on the edge of your seats Tension, story-building, balanced pace are well constructed, intriguing, engaging. And those last chapters keep throw at explosives on your lap! You get shocked! You keep asking yourself: how the author pulled the rug out from under you so fast! YOU WOULD NEVER SEE THEM COMING! It’s so hard to talk about the plot without giving too much away because sometimes I tell unnecessary details and ruin the real magic reading experience of yours! So I’ll keep things simple; This is a story of a couple who have been married for ten years. Every anniversary they exchange traditional gifts symbolize that year of the marriage including paper crane, copper compass, tin box etc. and each year the wife writes her husband a sentimental and honest letter that she never lets him read: a secret record of marriage: warts and all. But at tenth year of their marriage we see their relationship is in deep trouble. Sometimes a weekend getaway can be just what a couple needs to get them back on track but things aren’t what or who they seem. Adam Wright is a screenwriter who earned his reputation after he started adaptations of legendary thriller author Henry Winter’s books and her wife works in dog shelter. Their marriage struggles and Amelia thinks winning a trip to Scotland at a secluded and isolated palace can help them reconnect even though later they found out this is place is old chapel which is presumed to be haunted because of unlawful witch massacres! This is not the most frightening part of their weekend; the snow storm is coming and they are not alone in that place : somebody spies on their each moves! Somebody has no intention to let them go without playing ROCK PAPER SCISSORS ! Well… I’m shutting my mind! Sending my thanks to Macmillan Reading Insiders Club for providing me an early copy! I already know which book I vote for Goodreads Choice Awards for thriller category. If you want to know, too, just read and make comments.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** Talk about unreliable narrators, what about Adam here. He is a workaholic, narcissistic, self centered man. Add to this his condition, “Prosopagnosia” “which is a neurological glitch which means that he cannot see distinguishing features on faces, including his own”. Adam is a screenwriter and a pretty successful one. His marriage is in shambles. Why anyone would want to be married to him is a mystery but apparently he is handsome and can be charming when he wants. Ame ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** Talk about unreliable narrators, what about Adam here. He is a workaholic, narcissistic, self centered man. Add to this his condition, “Prosopagnosia” “which is a neurological glitch which means that he cannot see distinguishing features on faces, including his own”. Adam is a screenwriter and a pretty successful one. His marriage is in shambles. Why anyone would want to be married to him is a mystery but apparently he is handsome and can be charming when he wants. Amelia, his wife, has had about enough of his disinterest in her. He doesn't talk to her about her job or any friends that she may have. They have tried counseling and it’s suggested that a weekend away might be just the ticket. When Amelia wins a raffle for a free trip to a remote spot in the Scottish Highlands, she thinks this might work. A howling, raging snowstorm which continues to get worse, doesn’t prevent them from going. What they find is nothing like what they expected. Through the snowstorm they eventually come upon an old chapel which is not heated. At some point it had been modified into living spaces. Most of the rooms are locked except for their “bedroom” which is strangely decorated exactly like their bedroom at home. They do find a fully stocked freezer with meals and a well stocked wine cellar. Maybe they can make this work, or can they??? The only heat is from the fireplace and the old chapel is cold in more ways than one!! The novel is narrated by both Adam and Amelia as well as a third person “Robin”. Her identity isn’t revealed until the end of the book, although I had a pretty good idea of who she might be. But I never guessed her “family ties”, let’s just leave it at that. Most of the book is spent in the minds of these three narrators with the exception of the descriptions of the snowstorm, the chapel, a graveyard and a tiny cottage. With a psychological thriller there isn’t too much to say without ruining the next reader’s enjoyment of the suspense. This novel is a bit of a slow starter but gets going once they reach their destination. The characters were well described but I really couldn’t relate to, nor like any of them. But it's not necessary to like the characters to appreciate a good thriller. Then there is Bob, the dog, who is probably my most favorite character, and I'm happy to say no harm comes to him! Alice Feeney fans and lovers of psychological thrillers will enjoy this one! I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! Rock Paper Scissors is more than just a childhood game. Just ask Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Amelia and her husband, Adam, travel from London to Scotland with their dog, Bob, during a snowstorm. Their destination? A converted and mostly isolated chapel. Amelia won the weekend trip from a work raffle, and she thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to try and fix their marriage. Adam is a workaholic screenwriter. He also happens to have Prosopagnosia, aka facial blindness. Going on this HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! Rock Paper Scissors is more than just a childhood game. Just ask Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Amelia and her husband, Adam, travel from London to Scotland with their dog, Bob, during a snowstorm. Their destination? A converted and mostly isolated chapel. Amelia won the weekend trip from a work raffle, and she thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to try and fix their marriage. Adam is a workaholic screenwriter. He also happens to have Prosopagnosia, aka facial blindness. Going on this trip is the last thing he wants to do, and he makes it very clear. Things are off to a rocky start before they arrive at the chapel, and quickly go from bad to worse. The chapel is cold and damp. Then, the power goes out, strange noises are heard in the darkness of night, and it soon becomes clear that Amelia winning this trip wasn’t as random as it seemed. Told from a few POVs, and from the letters that Adam’s wife writes to him every year for their anniversary - but doesn’t let him read, you will be immersed in this story as lies and secrets come to light. Just like in a game of Rock Paper Scissors, not everyone can be a winner. This is an enthralling read that kept me on my toes with some amazing twists! I only guessed a couple minor ones, but was completely blown away by the main one. I don’t know how Alice Feeney always manages to surprise me so well, but she certainly has a knack for it.🙌 The book is oozing with atmosphere, particularly in the beginning. There’s a sense of unease and dread that doesn’t let up as the story progresses..and what a story it is! This clever and compulsively readable novel is my favorite of the author’s, and I already can’t wait to see what she blows me away with next. Thank you to Macmillan, who sent me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: 9/7/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ~ Bantering Books

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. Well played, Ms. Feeney. Well played. Not once, but twice, Alice Feeney has outsmarted me. The first time being earlier this year when I read her twisty novel, His & Hers. Now she’s gone and done it for the second time with Rock Paper Scissors, her latest husband-and-wife thriller tale set in an eerie, snow-buried Scottish chapel. There was a time, not very long ago, when I thought myself clever. Oh, how I miss those cocksure days. In Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. Well played, Ms. Feeney. Well played. Not once, but twice, Alice Feeney has outsmarted me. The first time being earlier this year when I read her twisty novel, His & Hers. Now she’s gone and done it for the second time with Rock Paper Scissors, her latest husband-and-wife thriller tale set in an eerie, snow-buried Scottish chapel. There was a time, not very long ago, when I thought myself clever. Oh, how I miss those cocksure days. In all seriousness, I love being outsmarted by Feeney. It’s great fun. Trickery is her game, and I have such admiration for her deviously creative mind. I was convinced I had Rock Paper Scissors figured out, just as I believed I did His & Hers. Halfway through, I’d concocted this crazy, far-fetched theory for the end reveal, and I was so wrong. Embarrassingly wrong, I should say, especially since I’d opened my big mouth and boasted of my brilliance to my Goodreads buddy-reading pal, Catherine Woodward. Crow is delicious. Eating it is an enlightening experience. And the humiliation of it is a small price to pay for the thriller excellence that is Rock Paper Scissors. It’s addictive. Suspenseful. A real page-turner. I look forward to your next challenge, Ms. Feeney. Game on. (Hey, Catherine . . . my ending would’ve totally worked, right?) This was a fun buddy read with my dear friend, Catherine Woodward. You should check out her rave review here on Goodreads, too. Bantering Books Instagram Twitter Facebook

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    When reading a psychological thriller, is it more important for the writing, characters, and plot to have quality, or for an author to be able to pull off one (or more) really massive twist(s)? This is the age old question, right? I ask this because my thoughts feel up in the air based off of both of these sides, and I know the answer will be different for many people. Sometimes, if a twist is wholly unexpected, it's enough for a reader to give the book high marks simply for blowing their mind. When reading a psychological thriller, is it more important for the writing, characters, and plot to have quality, or for an author to be able to pull off one (or more) really massive twist(s)? This is the age old question, right? I ask this because my thoughts feel up in the air based off of both of these sides, and I know the answer will be different for many people. Sometimes, if a twist is wholly unexpected, it's enough for a reader to give the book high marks simply for blowing their mind. I've definitely done this before, but as I've read more psychological suspense and my tastes have been affected due to this, I've begun to find myself needing more of category one than the big twist. This book is a fine example of "the twist". The writing felt a bit clunky compared to her previous work, the pacing was slow from about 25-75%, and the characters were stale. But the twist! There were a few I called early on, but there is one twist that likely will be hard for most readers to catch, and I'll admit I didn't catch it either. I'm settling at 3 stars, because it's a nice balance to the long winded thought process I shared above. I'll definitely enjoy discussing this one with others who have read it. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I have this very vivid image of Alice Feeney attending a writing workshop with peers like Paula Hawkins, Shari Lapena, and Lisa Jewell. They line up for the latest exercise, which is to pull thought-starting prompts from a bag at random. Whatever they choose must be the basis of their next thriller. Alice reaches in, pulls out a slip of paper, reads the single word “prosopagnosia,” and smiles wickedly knowing she’s drawn a surefire winner. Prosopagnosia, better known as face blindness, was in fa I have this very vivid image of Alice Feeney attending a writing workshop with peers like Paula Hawkins, Shari Lapena, and Lisa Jewell. They line up for the latest exercise, which is to pull thought-starting prompts from a bag at random. Whatever they choose must be the basis of their next thriller. Alice reaches in, pulls out a slip of paper, reads the single word “prosopagnosia,” and smiles wickedly knowing she’s drawn a surefire winner. Prosopagnosia, better known as face blindness, was in fact the spark that inspired the entire story of her latest (and greatest), Rock Paper Scissors. What makes for a more unreliable narrator than a man who cannot recognize faces, even the one of his wife? So here we’ve got Adam Wright, a cranky ass-bite of a face blind husband who’s agreed to go along with his wife on a weekend retreat at a converted chapel in remote Scotland (during a snowstorm, natch), to try to save their marriage. It’s pretty spooky up there, and you start to wonder if Feeney has dipped her toe into supernatural waters. Things are going bump in the night, and it’s not Mr. and Mrs. Wright if you know what I’m sayin. Does the plot really matter to you though? If you’re still with me, you just want to know if there are any twists, and if they’re good ones, right? Well yes indeedy my friends, there are twists aplenty. Good ones, too. Rock Paper Scissors is an atmospheric, quick read that’ll keep you guessing until the end. Then you’ll forget pretty much everything about it as you move on to your next thriller, but that’s okay. I have a feeling that thought-starter grab bag has infinite ideas for Feeney and her psychological suspense-spewing cohort. Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Mr. Wright is a self confessed workaholic and screenwriter, who has lived with face blindness his entire life. Success has been elusive despite the fact that he sold the rights to his first screenplay, Rock, Paper, Scissors at age 21-sadly it never made it out of the development stages. Disappointment can take a toll on any marriage. Mrs. Wright has been his biggest supporter. It’s clear from the letters she writes on each of their anniversaries (an idea she got from his screenplay) that they beg Mr. Wright is a self confessed workaholic and screenwriter, who has lived with face blindness his entire life. Success has been elusive despite the fact that he sold the rights to his first screenplay, Rock, Paper, Scissors at age 21-sadly it never made it out of the development stages. Disappointment can take a toll on any marriage. Mrs. Wright has been his biggest supporter. It’s clear from the letters she writes on each of their anniversaries (an idea she got from his screenplay) that they began their marriage very much in love. Each would try to outdo the other, by finding the most creative ways to exchange the traditional anniversary gifts-paper, cotton-pottery-tin etc. When disagreements arose, or big decisions needed to made, they would play the childhood game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide the outcome-always knowing who would win. So, what went wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright? Now, Adam, Amelia and their Labrador Bob, are on their way to Scotland, for a weekend away to SAVE their marriage, despite a blinding snowstorm. Each knows it could be their LAST as a couple. Conveniently, Amelia won the trip through a raffle at her place of employment, the BatterSea animal rescue. But, they didn’t randomly win this getaway… WHO lured WHO, to the secluded, converted Blackwater Chapel, and WHY? I love this author’s prose…passages like “words don’t come with receipts-you cannot take them back” really resonate with me. I couldn’t figure out if either Adam or Amelia were reliable and the very atmospheric Chapel with its SUPERNATURAL history, was seeping in atmosphere-CREAKY STEPS, LOCKED DOORS, NARROW STAIRCASES, COBWEBS, and WHISPERS which taunt you by saying your name THREE times… The first TWIST was a good one-though I questioned if a certain character could so dramatically transform themself, more than once. The final REVEAL, shown through the eyes of a minor character, was also a nice touch, which I enjoyed. WHO has learned to play ROCK PAPER SCISSORS best? There are some tense moments with Bob, but he isn’t harmed. However not ALL of the pets mentioned in this book were as LUCKY. Overall-a CAPTIVATING read, making me already wonder how long I will have to wait for another book from this talented author! NOW AVAILABLE!! I received a free ARC of Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review …

  10. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    In Rock Paper Scissors beloved author, Alice Feeney, examines the age-old question, how well do you know the one you love? After Amelia wins a mystery weekend away at a historic chapel in the Scottish Highlands, she thinks it may be just what she and her husband, Adam, need to spice up their marriage. Amelia feels like they need some time, and distance from his work, to reconnect. Surprisingly, Adam agrees and the two set off. The weather isn't great and rapid snowfall makes the travel difficult. In Rock Paper Scissors beloved author, Alice Feeney, examines the age-old question, how well do you know the one you love? After Amelia wins a mystery weekend away at a historic chapel in the Scottish Highlands, she thinks it may be just what she and her husband, Adam, need to spice up their marriage. Amelia feels like they need some time, and distance from his work, to reconnect. Surprisingly, Adam agrees and the two set off. The weather isn't great and rapid snowfall makes the travel difficult. By the time they, and their sweet dog, Bob, have made the very long journey, everyone is going stir crazy in the car. Arriving at the chapel, they're taken aback by how isolated it is. There's literally nothing around as far as the eye can see. It's at this point, the couple begin to recognize just how peculiar this entire holiday actually is. Who did she win this trip from again? The lodgings are strange, eerie and ominous. With the weather getting worse, tension among the couple continues to rise. This is definitely not going as they expected. The power source is questionable and at the rate the snow continues to fall, they may not be able to get out. Told between alternating perspectives, as well as through annual anniversary letters, the truth of their frightening holiday in the Highlands, as well as the true state of their marriage, comes to light. Y'all, Feeney dropped the mic on writing a suspenseful Thriller with this one! I enjoyed this so much. From the very first chapter I was hooked. Feeney's clever plotting and magnificent twists kept me glued to the pages. I had to know the truth; who was lying and why? There was a dark tone glistening just along the surface. I knew it went deeper than what I was getting. The reveals were perfectly paced; what a treat! This did have quite a few tropes I tend to enjoy, but they came as surprises to me. I don't even think I read the synopsis prior to picking this up. I saw, Alice Feeney, printed on the cover and that was enough. If you are fan of things such as isolated locations, creepy houses, hidden secrets, marital strife, jaw-dropping plot twists, characters who are authors and people being stranded places, you should absolutely check this one out!!! Also, I was impressed with the character work. All of the main characters were just so interesting and besides some lightly-sprinkled craziness, were all quite unique. Thank you so much to the publisher, Flatiron Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I have already bought a finished copy for my shelves. One of the best Thrillers of the year!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    Hello Netflix😑 Hello BBC😐 Hello Hollywood 😣 Are you all listening? Drop all the average series and movie adaptations. Get this book. Get the script and give us the damn adaptation already! I am impressed and I had to rate this book 5 🌟. Because I liked the twist after all that crazy mindfk. It turned out better than any of the recent thrillers. Rock paper scissors? Bet which one you got ❎ Trigger warnings for a lot of stuffs (domestic abuse, bullying, animal cruelty.... I am uncomfortable to list the Hello Netflix😑 Hello BBC😐 Hello Hollywood 😣 Are you all listening? Drop all the average series and movie adaptations. Get this book. Get the script and give us the damn adaptation already! I am impressed and I had to rate this book 5 🌟. Because I liked the twist after all that crazy mindfk. It turned out better than any of the recent thrillers. Rock paper scissors? Bet which one you got ❎ Trigger warnings for a lot of stuffs (domestic abuse, bullying, animal cruelty.... I am uncomfortable to list the rest here) I laughed at this sentence when I first read it amidst all the crazy things going on there in the first half of the book. "The woman bore her bitterness like a badge; the kind of person who writes one-star book reviews." I have no regrets picking up this book as I realised soon enough after a few chapters why the author is much loved and hyped about. This is the first book I chose to read and I am not disappointed at all. First, the ability of the author to put in a little detail in each and every chapter makes the reading more thrilling than the actual plot. Talent is what talent does. You will soon see it and it just cannot be hidden. The plot is as it is in the blurb. A marriage on eggshells. A desperate last try turning out to be more fatal instead. And another character out of nowhere playing with their lives. You won't regret reading this book. Forget the page number. You will finish reading the book in one sitting like I just did! Good plot. Amazing writing. That sinking feeling that someone's going to die soon from page one until the last page. Disturbing characters. What more do you ask of a psychological thriller? Grab the book today!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    I think I gotta give all the stars for this! It has everything I look for in a thriller 🪤 Sure it's totally cuckoo and unfeasible but it's Feeney so that was to be expected. I just love the way she writes! So mysterious and atmospheric, while always feeding little hints so that each chapter had me even more devoted than the last 🖤🪨🗒✂️ I think I gotta give all the stars for this! It has everything I look for in a thriller 🪤 Sure it's totally cuckoo and unfeasible but it's Feeney so that was to be expected. I just love the way she writes! So mysterious and atmospheric, while always feeding little hints so that each chapter had me even more devoted than the last 🖤🪨🗒✂️

  13. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    Happy publishing day! (19th August 2021) An atmospheric and moody domestic thriller full of secrets, deceit and malice! Adam and Amelia Wright win a weekend away in the remote Scottish Highlands, and hope this can help save their failing marriage. Unfortunately, there's a snowstorm and a creepy converted chapel to contend with, plus someone is lying... Rock Paper Scissors was an intriguing thriller with elements of the paranormal, which was mainly told from Mr and Mrs Wright's POVs. It switched bet Happy publishing day! (19th August 2021) An atmospheric and moody domestic thriller full of secrets, deceit and malice! Adam and Amelia Wright win a weekend away in the remote Scottish Highlands, and hope this can help save their failing marriage. Unfortunately, there's a snowstorm and a creepy converted chapel to contend with, plus someone is lying... Rock Paper Scissors was an intriguing thriller with elements of the paranormal, which was mainly told from Mr and Mrs Wright's POVs. It switched between the present timeline in Scotland, to the past, via yearly unsent anniversary letters from Mrs Wright to her husband. I enjoyed these letters, as they showed us what she really thought and felt because they were a diary of sorts, since she never intended to give them to her husband! I also loved the word of the day and year included in the letters (yes I'm a geek!). Adam Wright suffered from Prosopagnosia, a form of face blindness, which both saddened and horrified me; imagine not being able to recognise faces, even the face of your wife! Despite feeling empathy for Adam over his neurological condition, I didn't like him at all! A screenwriter and a workaholic, Adam was cold and distant. All of the characters were pretty unlikeable and untrustworthy to be honest! Except Bob the dog! I loved him! Alice Feeney described the remote chapel really well, with the cold dampness, the strange creaking noises and whispering, the lights going out.. It was a creepy and chilling place. The setting and the Scottish weather also added to the eerie feeling and sense of horror. I definitely wouldn't want to stay there! Rock, paper, scissors is a timeless game I used to play as a child, and now my own children play it. Mr and Mrs Wright used it to help them make decisions, and I'm not just talking about who is going to put the kettle on! The game made reoccurring appearances throughout the book, which I liked, and the final use of it was inspired! It horrified me, but also made me smile in an evil way! Although I enjoyed this book, I did find the middle part a little slow, and it took me a few days to get through that section, but also I am very busy, since it's the school holidays 🤷‍♀️It was suspenseful, and the tension built nicely. The last part however was excellent, and I stayed up late to finish it! The main twist totally threw me! It shocked me, and made me question everything, so clever! I kept saying OMG to myself! The ending was unsettling in a good way and is worth all the stars! On another note, was it me, or did this book throw some shade on another book featuring Prosopagnosia? I haven't read any other books featuring this condition, so didn't know which book it referenced, but it definitely felt like some tea was being spilt there?! If you're looking for a book stuffed with lies, secrets, slow building tension, clever twists and manipulative characters, then definitely try this one! ❄❄❄❄ Many thanks to NetGalley UK and HQ for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Are you looking for a feel-good, heartwarming look at marriage through the eyes of a couple going on a romantic anniversary weekend getaway? Yeah … you’re gonna want to look in a different book for that. Adam and Amelia Wright are making a last ditch effort to save their marriage by travelling to Blackwater Loch, a remote, isolated chapel that was converted to a home in the Scottish Highlands .. a trip that Amelia won in a workplace raffle. The tension between them is thick - neither trusting the Are you looking for a feel-good, heartwarming look at marriage through the eyes of a couple going on a romantic anniversary weekend getaway? Yeah … you’re gonna want to look in a different book for that. Adam and Amelia Wright are making a last ditch effort to save their marriage by travelling to Blackwater Loch, a remote, isolated chapel that was converted to a home in the Scottish Highlands .. a trip that Amelia won in a workplace raffle. The tension between them is thick - neither trusting the other. To make matters worse, Adam suffers from Prosopagnosia, or face blindness, as well as a raging case of ‘I’m an a**hole’-itis (I’m not sure the medical term for that), so in a figurative and literal sense, he never really “sees” his wife, or anyone else for that matter. His first love has always been his writing, and as a screenwriter, he’s been in the shadows, adapting other writers’ books for film … except for the original screenplay he wrote and hasn’t been able to bring to production: Rock, Paper, Scissors. That story, and the game that inspired it, play a repeated role in the story. For all of Adam’s faults, Amelia is even worse, which is quite an achievement, considering the bar her husband set. She’s sneaky, insecure, and lies easily. It’s hard to feel sympathy for her. However, glimpses into the earlier days of the marriage give the reader hope that the two weren’t always this way, individually or as a couple, so you at least feel invested in the will they/won’t they stay together outcome of the weekend. What should be a chance to reconnect and communicate quickly becomes something increasingly more sinister as Adam and Amelia realize they may not be alone on this getaway. What game is really being played, who exactly is playing it, which of them will be the winner, and what exactly is the prize? The story is told primarily through the POV of Adam, Amelia and a third initially unnamed individual. The sense of impending doom was nicely amped up along the way, but I was never sure who should be afraid and who I could trust, which kept the suspense high throughout. The twists and reveals were very nicely done, and there were some great ones here, including an ending that actually worked! I listened to this on audio, expertly narrated by Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine. This was my first Alice Feeney novel, but it definitely won’t be my last. Thanks to my library and the Libby app for this wonderful audiobook. I highly recommend! ★★★★

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    Mr. and Mrs. Wright are trying to fix their marriage woes, one way or another. A slower paced novel for me, but always suspenseful with a tone of dread in the air. I thought it was a lot of fun they way they tried to outmanuever each other throughout. Each playing their own game of cards. Who has the sleight of hand? It was a back and forth and I kept changing sides. The snowy mountain setting and converted chapel was the perfect setting. The added horror elements, with a gothic touch gave it an o Mr. and Mrs. Wright are trying to fix their marriage woes, one way or another. A slower paced novel for me, but always suspenseful with a tone of dread in the air. I thought it was a lot of fun they way they tried to outmanuever each other throughout. Each playing their own game of cards. Who has the sleight of hand? It was a back and forth and I kept changing sides. The snowy mountain setting and converted chapel was the perfect setting. The added horror elements, with a gothic touch gave it an overall creepiness.... a snowstorm, a power-outage, huge wooden doors that swung open and closed, stoned tiles made of old gravestones, little notes from someone, hidden rooms, and a bell tower. There are more than a few twists, one creeped up on me. This was all in all a fun read, if you don't mind stretching your imagine to play the game! My third by her, probably my favorite. Soon to be a major TV series from Netflix. Own it / Read September 2021

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    All hail the Queen of misdirection! 👑 I've got to tell you that Alice Feeney never disappoints me and I am happy to say that Rock, Paper, Scissors is no exception. Eerie, creepy, ominous are just a few words to describe this one. "Changing love into hate is a much easier trick than turning water into wine." Amelia and Adam are at a crossroads in their marriage. Truth be told neither of them are happy. Amelia scores a free weekend away at her office Christmas party and she is hoping that this w All hail the Queen of misdirection! 👑 I've got to tell you that Alice Feeney never disappoints me and I am happy to say that Rock, Paper, Scissors is no exception. Eerie, creepy, ominous are just a few words to describe this one. "Changing love into hate is a much easier trick than turning water into wine." Amelia and Adam are at a crossroads in their marriage. Truth be told neither of them are happy. Amelia scores a free weekend away at her office Christmas party and she is hoping that this will be just what they need to get things back on track. She couldn't be more wrong. Their destination leads them to what appears to be a converted chapel out in the middle-of-nowhere in the Scottish Highlands. Add to that the blinding blizzard, loss of power, and things that go bump in the night and I was all for it! I found it interesting that Adam had Prosopagnosia, face blindness, as it is something I wasn't all that familiar with. I read up on it a bit and I couldn't imagine having something like this. To not be able to recognize your friends, family, or even yourself. What a nightmare that must be. The inclusion of this, I thought, added another layer to what was already a devious story. I don't want to say much more except to expect to get whiplash! You've been warned. 5 🤯 stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joey R.

    5 stars — If you have read my previous reviews, you know I don’t hand out many 5 star reviews. There is an exception to that rule and that is when I read any book by my absolute favorite author, Alice Feeney. Again and again Feeney writes her thrillers with more twists and turns than anyone out there. Now “Rock Paper Scissors” is not quite as good as my favorite book in the last 5 years or so, “His and Hers”but it is still a wonderfully unpredictable book. There are not many writers who can pull 5 stars — If you have read my previous reviews, you know I don’t hand out many 5 star reviews. There is an exception to that rule and that is when I read any book by my absolute favorite author, Alice Feeney. Again and again Feeney writes her thrillers with more twists and turns than anyone out there. Now “Rock Paper Scissors” is not quite as good as my favorite book in the last 5 years or so, “His and Hers”but it is still a wonderfully unpredictable book. There are not many writers who can pull the rug out from under you over and over again and still make her books realistic and entertaining but Feeney does it consistently . “Rock” is no exception as everything you think you know about the two main characters, Adam and Amelia Wright, is ripped to shreds 3/4 of the way through the novel. When you realize what the author has done only one word comes to mind: brilliant. When the Wrights go to an isolated church converted into a guest cottage to celebrate their anniversary in a middle of a snowstorm things immediately begin to get creepy. How this book plays out fooled me many times all of the way to the end. I also believe the fact that I have read all of Feeney’s previous works and know it is nothing for her to kill off a main character at any time. This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this book. Do yourself a favor and read this one and all of Feeney’s previous works, she truly is the queen of the thriller genre.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    Stunning. Crafty. Compelling. Shocking. STELLAR. When you double the C and triple the S, you’ll always have success-and Alice Feeney has found it yet again! Adam and Amelia have hit a wall in their relationship. Years of marriage have worn on them both, in differing ways. Adam battles prosopagnosia, a condition that makes it so he cannot recognize faces but this is the least of his problems. His wife Amelia is bitter that his career, turning page-turning novels into film adaptations, is all-co Stunning. Crafty. Compelling. Shocking. STELLAR. When you double the C and triple the S, you’ll always have success-and Alice Feeney has found it yet again! Adam and Amelia have hit a wall in their relationship. Years of marriage have worn on them both, in differing ways. Adam battles prosopagnosia, a condition that makes it so he cannot recognize faces but this is the least of his problems. His wife Amelia is bitter that his career, turning page-turning novels into film adaptations, is all-consuming and leaves his mind swimming in the fantasy world rather than here in ours. Adam has plenty of frustrations of his own, the tiny tics that niggle at him over time and the fact that he never gets to have his own voice wears on him. Amelia has been documenting all of her frustrations for years on the couple’s anniversary, through carefully penned indictments letters where she reflects on the gifts given each anniversary year and their significance. And of course, even the BIGGEST decision can easily be made with a quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. 😉 The couple think they’ve struck proverbial gold when they win a weekend getaway at a chapel that has been converted into an AirBnB, in the lovely and mysterious Scottish Highlands. Nothing like a change of scenery without the interference of digital distractions, the pesky pressures of work, and a chance to rediscover the love that brought these two together in the first place. As the snow swirls around them, however, it is clear that someone has more up their sleeve than hopes of reconciliation. But after ten long years of marriage, can they truly keep secrets from one another? Was this night a happy and lucky accident…or the culmination of plotting, planning, and simmering hostility, bubbling under the surface that will leave one member of this duo trapped in this remote locale--which just so happens to have a graveyard on the property--for good? And WHO was that mysterious stranger lurking in the window? Alice Feeney…is there ANYTHING she can’t do?! After reading Rock Paper Scissors, the answer is a resounding NO! From my first foray into Alice’s Wonderland (haha) with Sometimes I Lie, I’ve always been enraptured, enchanted, and completely engrossed by her writing. As most talented writers do, however, she has truly outdone herself with Rock Paper Scissors in SO many ways. The first stark contrast between this book and her previous books? ATMOSPHERE. This book absolutely has it in spades. I’ve never doubted her ability to create worlds that pull me from reality, but where her previous novels were so laser-focused on character development and twists and turns, this book spent a great deal of time building the terrifying and isolating locale of the tiny converted chapel. This added a layer to her already multifaceted narrative, as the chapel and its surroundings became a character in and of itself, full of bumps in the night, creaks, and even a CRYPT! She honestly thought of everything, and this alone raised the stakes and pushed this book into spooky October reading territory, a place I don’t feel she’s truly visited before….but what a wonderful time to do it! Alice is also the queen of the one-liner: she knows how to pepper her narrative with observations about the good and bad in all of us, how we love, what secrets can do to us, and other mini-philosophizing moments that get stuck in my head long after I put her books down. Some of them didn’t quite fit in this novel as well as in previous books and felt like she looked for a place to plug them in, but others left me pondering hours later. She is one of the few thriller writers I’ve ever encountered who raises the bar in this regard, and as an introspective sort of reader, it just clicks for me. She is the sort of writer who really OBSERVES the world around her and encourages you to do the same, even amidst the pulse-pounding action of her narratives, and nobody does it quite like her! Unlike her first 3 books, this one has a bit of a different bent. The chapters are not quite as leading as previous books, where the end of every chapter was seemingly a mini-cliffhanger of sorts, and the first almost 50% of the novel moves at a bit of a slower pace, bouncing back and forth between the carefully penned letters that provide backstory and the here-and-now of the chapel. This required a great deal of patience on my part, as I was waiting for that patented Feeney twist (or 3). I honestly was starting to get a bit discouraged by the time I had reached 75% or so that this might be the first book of hers where I was left wanting more. ENTER THE FIRST TWIST…and everything changed. Every theory I had? Wrong. Everything you think you’ve figured out? Most likely wrong. Every misgiving or hesitation I had pretty much went out the window at this point…and I LOVED every minute of it! Feeney’s whip-smart, perfect plotting strikes again…and this went from being a decent and interesting novel to easily one of my favorite thrillers of the year…and possibly even my favorite book of Feeney’s. Having to put this book down from this point on, even for 5 minutes, felt like absolute torture. I COULD NOT wait to reach the end, and this book left me with that warm, buzzy and adrenaline-fueled feeling that only your favorite author can give you. I actually had that after-the-movie moment where you feel disoriented walking outside and looking into the sunlight because you have been so lost and gone in reading that you need to once again orient yourself to the outside world. I also felt that day-after-Christmas letdown sadness, because once again I know I’ll need to wait (im)patiently for Alice’s next book. Word of the year: master (adjective): having or showing very great skill or proficiency. Or if you’re looking in MY dictionary, there is simply a picture of Alice Feeney. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *This was a wonderful buddy read with my dear friend Melissa which had us tossing back theories left and right! Be sure to check out her fabulous and insightful review!*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    We’ve tried date nights, and marriage counseling, but spending more time together isn’t always the same as spending less time apart. You can’t get this close to a cliff edge without seeing the rocks at the bottom, and even if my husband doesn’t know the full story, he knows that this weekend is a last attempt to mend what got broken. What he doesn’t know, is that if things don’t go according to plan, only one of us will be going home. Nothing like having a positive attitude when you’re trying We’ve tried date nights, and marriage counseling, but spending more time together isn’t always the same as spending less time apart. You can’t get this close to a cliff edge without seeing the rocks at the bottom, and even if my husband doesn’t know the full story, he knows that this weekend is a last attempt to mend what got broken. What he doesn’t know, is that if things don’t go according to plan, only one of us will be going home. Nothing like having a positive attitude when you’re trying to salvage a troubled marriage. Alice Feeney - image from BBC I reached a significant benchmark in my marriage while reading this book, a twentieth (china) wedding anniversary. It was the second time, for me. (I am nothing if not tenacious.) So, I appreciate the marital issues that arise in this wonderful thriller. (Sorry, no thriller material in either of my marriages, well, none that I will admit to in court. And no, my wife and I have no weekends planned for some remote snowy locale.) Adam and Amelia are trying to save theirs. (marriage, not thriller). A winter weekend away to a remote part of Scotland. Do or die. He is a successful screenwriter. She works at the Battersea Dogs Home. (Does that make Adam a rescue?) We’re both pretty good at keeping up appearances and I find people see what they want to see. But behind closed doors, things have been wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright for a long time. All right, this is getting way too close for comfort. (see first marriage noted above) The mutual discomfort in their marriage is clear, to the reader, anyway, but there are mitigating circumstances. Adam has a neurological glitch called prosopagnosia, which means he cannot see distinguishing features on faces, including his own. Face blindness makes it tough to deal in a very social world, if one cannot differentiate friend from foe, or lover from casual acquaintance. But, as is the case for many people with unusual qualities, he has learned to compensate. The sound of a voice, a personal scent, individual physical movements. Enough so that he found someone willing, eager even, to marry him. Adam’s great personal screenplay is Rock Paper Scissors. It won him early acclaim (at 21) but never got made, despite repeated attempts. Now, he adapts novels by other writers, and is good at it, makes a nice living. The Rock Paper Scissors motif repeats from time to time. The notion of the story is incorporated into the structure of the novel. The game is played, sometimes with very serious stakes. Blackwater Chapel is remote, in the Scottish Highlands (zero bars), quite beautiful landscape thereabouts, on Blackwater Loch. It is indeed a renovated place of worship. The power is not the most reliable, particularly in dire weather. Amelia had won the weekend away in a contest at work. It may not be the best of all possible times for such a visit, an eight-hour drive from London, Amelia doing ALL the driving in her Morris Minor. A tin-can antique on four wheels, is what Adam calls it. While they are there, a huge winter storm seals them in. Travel would be far too risky in the old car. They are quite effectively isolated. Isolated, yes, but, well, maybe not entirely alone. A supposed housekeeper leaves a few notes for them. Maybe she is the person living in the only other structure within miles, a thatched cottage. There is a flock of local sheep to offer some light scares and barriers. And, of course there is Bob, their giant black lab. (Asked in an interview which of her characters she would choose if she was about to be stranded on a deserted island, Feeney did not hesitate. Bob, she said. Maybe that is because Bob, the author’s creation, so much resembles her real-life black lab, down to their mutual fear of feathers.) But is that it? There have been rumors of odd doings at the chapel, with unseen things calling the name of the more corporeal sorts who show up on the premises. And doors have an odd way of becoming locked or unlocked. There is plenty more of this sort. Mysterious sounds. Evocative scratches on walls. It is definitely a spooky joint. Enjoy! Feeney offers us plenty of atmospherics. Adam was right, there are no ghosts or gargoyles, but the place definitely feels spooky. Everything is made of ancient-looking stone—the walls, the ceiling, the floor—and it’s so cold down here that I can see my breath. I count three rusted metal rings embedded in the wall, and do my best not to think about what they were used for. A basement crypt, reached via trapdoor, has been converted to a wine cellar. Is vino the only spirit down there? The light from the old-fashioned candlestick holder he is carrying casts ghostly shadows around the bedroom, so that now I feel like I’m in a Charles Dickens novel. Much of the inspiration for the book derived from a visit Feeney made in 2018, to a creepy renovated chapel in Scotland, a visit that featured a “Beast from the East” snowstorm, and a mysterious face in a window. Some other personal items made it into the book. Feeney does her writing in a garden shed, a characteristic she bestowed on Adam. There was a discomfiting wardrobe in Feeney’s real-world chapel. She imagined secret stairs from there, which became the basement wine-cellar/crypt, accessible only via a trap door. The book is told from alternating POVs, Adam’s and Amelia’s. It is from these that we know their marriage is in trouble. But wait, there’s more! A third character (fourth if you count Bob) is introduced about a quarter the way in, Robin, residing near the chapel. She is up to something. It seems that there is certainly madness there, but is there a method to match? Finally, there are wifely letters written on the annual wedding anniversary, but never given to Adam. These let us follow the history of his marriage through his wife’s eyes. They are introduced by a “word of the year” that sets the tone for the chapters to come. They also note the category of gift that is considered traditional for each year. (A partial list is in EXTRA STUFF) In each of these entries the gift, at least the sort of gift, is significant in the ensuing narrative. There is a layer-by-layer unveiling of secrets, from both of them, which gives us a better look at who they truly are. (More of a He-Lied-She-Lied than the more traditional His-v-Hers perspectives.) Well, from all three, if we add Robin. Lots of excellent, very hairpin turn stuff. (Keep both hands on the wheel at all times) Maybe not as dangerous as riding the Do-Dodonpa, but wearing a neck-brace might not be a bad idea while reading towards the end. You may hear yourself utter more than a few “wait, what?s” There are some twists at the finale that seem inter-dimensional in their impact. So, who is out to get whom? Is anyone, really? Are they both there to salvage their marriage or torpedo it? And what is making all the strangeness at the chapel happen? Is it really haunted? Will they both make it out alive? Will anyone? Will Adam’s screenplay ever get produced? I do not really have any gripes with the book. It maybe asks us to suspend a bit too much disbelief, no biggie. But I take serious issue with the marketing, which I believe to be dishonest. I will not say what it is about this that is not true, or is unfairly misleading, but after you read the book, I urge you to take a close look at this. You will see for yourself. Having an unreliable narrator is one thing, but this seems a step too far to me. The ff is from Macmillan’s page for the book. Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts--paper, cotton, pottery, tin--and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after. Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget. Rock Paper Scissors is a delight of a read. Feeney does an excellent job of inserting hooks at chapter ends to make sure it is a challenge for you to either get up and do things that need doing, or turn off the light and go to sleep. It seems like it would be a good idea to dress warmly when you read this. The cold of the Feeney’s fictional world might give you a chill. A hot toddy might be an appropriate accompanying refreshment, or maybe some Scotch whiskey. And make sure that neck brace is firmly in place when you are entering your final chunk of reading time. You will need it. The first match I strike goes out almost instantly—it’s an old box. I use the second to try and get my bearings, but I still can’t see the steps, and I’m struggling to get enough air into my lungs. The third match I strike briefly illuminates part of the wall, and I notice all the scratch marks on the surface. It looks like someone, or something, once tried to claw their way out of here. I try to stay calm, remember to breathe, but then the flame burns the tips of my fingers and I drop the final match on the floor. Everything is black. And then I hear it again. My name being whispered. Right behind me. Amelia. Amelia. Amelia. My breaths are too shallow, but I can’t control them and I think I’m going to faint. No matter what direction I look in, all I can see is darkness. Then I hear the sound of scratching. Review posted – September 3, 2021 Publication date – September 7, 2021 I received a free ARC of Rock Paper Scissors from Macmillan in an exchange for an honest review, and the keys to my country retreat for a few days. This review has been cross-posted on my website, Coot’s Reviews. Stop in and say Hi! =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, FB, Instagram, and Twitter pages Feeney was a journalist with the BBC for fifteen years, where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer, stealing time where she could to get in some original writing. Rock Paper Scissors is her fourth novel. She has been wildly successful. As per Variety, the producer of The Crown will be transforming Rock Paper Scissors into a Netflix mini-series. Interviews -----Washington Independent - Author Q&A - An Interview with Alice Feeney by Adriana Delgado – from 2018 – on her planning and unreliable narrators -----Bookbrowse - An interview with Alice Feeney by Elyse Dinh-McCrillis – from 2017 – short but has some nice backgr0und and personal elementsI work in my garden shed now with my cowriter, a giant black Labrador who is scared of feathers.-----Mystery and Thriller Mavens – 8/30/2021 - Bestselling Author Alice Feeney Hosted by Sara DiVello – Video – 41:06 Unrelated aside A scene in an old tower made me think of Hitchcock’s Vertigo Anniversary Gifts - list from Hallmark • 1st Anniversary: Paper • 2nd Anniversary: Cotton • 3rd Anniversary: Leather • 4th Anniversary: Fruit or Flowers • 5th Anniversary: Wood • 6th Anniversary: Candy or Iron • 7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper • 8th Anniversary: Pottery or Bronze • 9th Anniversary: Willow or Pottery • 10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum • 11th Anniversary: Steel • 12th Anniversary: Silk or Linen • 13th Anniversary: Lace • 14th Anniversary: Gold Jewelry • 15th Anniversary: Crystal • 16th Anniversary: Coffee or Tea • 17th Anniversary: Wine or Spirits • 18th Anniversary: Appliances • 19th Anniversary: Jade • 20th Anniversary: China

  20. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.5 “you got me” stars -- Now available! This is my third Alice Feeney book, and she continues to write books that surprise me! I’m reading along and I think I know what’s going on and can predict how things will turn out. Then, a fantastic twist comes along, and I have to question everything I just read! This time we have a struggling married couple, Adam and Amelia, headed to a remote part of Scotland for a weekend away to try and save their marriage. Adam is a screenwriter, adapting other write 4.5 “you got me” stars -- Now available! This is my third Alice Feeney book, and she continues to write books that surprise me! I’m reading along and I think I know what’s going on and can predict how things will turn out. Then, a fantastic twist comes along, and I have to question everything I just read! This time we have a struggling married couple, Adam and Amelia, headed to a remote part of Scotland for a weekend away to try and save their marriage. Adam is a screenwriter, adapting other writer’s works for the big screen. He’s a workaholic and that doesn’t help his marriage, although he promised no work this weekend. Another interesting thing about Adam is that he has face blindness – prosopagnosia – and that makes some parts of life a struggle for him. Imagine passing your wife on the street and not recognizing her! We are also treated to letters that Adam’s wife writes him every anniversary, but she doesn’t give them to him to read. These give us insight into what she’s really thinking! They stay at perfectly remote and creepy old chapel with ghosts, a raging snowstorm, a stocked wine cellar, and plenty of lying to go around. Will they both survive the weekend? I really enjoyed this one! A minor deduction for a few loose ends, but I have to round up for the way I was sucked in and totally hoodwinked! I also love the way she mixed in appropriate words of the year and the game rock, paper, scissors has a recurring place in the book. I need to go read the first book by this author. A hearty thank you to Macmillan for the free ARC in an exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    It’s February 2020 and Amelia and husband screenwriter Adam Wright journey through inclement weather to a weekend stay at a converted chapel at Blackwater Loch in the Scottish Highlands. The weekend away is an attempt to save their marriage though the atmosphere outside the Morris Minor matches the ominous one inside, with the exception of their chilled black lab, Bob who snoozes in blissful ignorance! The story is told in alternating perspectives, interspersed with undelivered letters to Adam d It’s February 2020 and Amelia and husband screenwriter Adam Wright journey through inclement weather to a weekend stay at a converted chapel at Blackwater Loch in the Scottish Highlands. The weekend away is an attempt to save their marriage though the atmosphere outside the Morris Minor matches the ominous one inside, with the exception of their chilled black lab, Bob who snoozes in blissful ignorance! The story is told in alternating perspectives, interspersed with undelivered letters to Adam during the marriage. The less you know about the storyline the better the enjoyment, so I’ll keep it general!!! If Alice Feeney’s a football team then she’s Man City at the top of her game, if she’s a champagne she’s a Krug, a Dom or Crystal with her storytelling fizzing perfectly and her plots are as delicious as a Michelin meal and she’s definitely the winner of a Rock Paper Scissor competition! Setting this principally in the Scottish Highlands is perfect as you can match the rapidly changing weather conditions to mood and the unfolding drama and she does this expertly. Right from the start you get bad vibes, things off kilter( or should that be kilt!), a bit spooky, it feels suffocating, claustrophobic and weird. The characters are interesting though not necessarily likeable and Adam suffering prosopagnosia (face blindness) adds a terrific element to the storytelling allowing all kinds of possibilities. You realise quickly that we have a set of liars, they’re chock full of secrets some being huge and the further we progress we see relationships are rotting on the vine. To use some of the fantastic words of the year included in the letters, there’s a lot of ‘shenanigans’ and ‘hornswoggling’ going on, they’re not very ‘chuffed’ with each other and eventually we get ‘schadenfreude’. There are some little moments of magic which is closely followed by a touch of horror or malice, interspersed with recurring images from nightmares that make Adam wake. As you would expect from the mistress of twists, there are several and some shocking revelations which are eye popping and jaw dropping. The use of Rock Paper Scissors appears throughout and in several clever ways but especially at the end! Gulp! Overall, I expected to love this one and I do. It’s a bit more understated than her other books but that’s what makes it so clever as it leads to some events really standing out and socking you between the eyes. I’m pleased to report that lovely Bob comes to no harm. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to HQ for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allison (on vacation until Sunday) Faught

    Now THAT is a thriller. I saw a ton of awesome reviews for this so I knew I’d love it, but I didn’t know I was going to love it THAT much! I have got to check out Feeney’s other books because if they’re anything like this one, she might be my new favorite author. 😄 The whole time I was reading I kept thinking that I had zero clue where the story was going and I loved that because it wasn’t short on surprises! A little more than halfway are where are the twists and turns left me mouth agape and rer Now THAT is a thriller. I saw a ton of awesome reviews for this so I knew I’d love it, but I didn’t know I was going to love it THAT much! I have got to check out Feeney’s other books because if they’re anything like this one, she might be my new favorite author. 😄 The whole time I was reading I kept thinking that I had zero clue where the story was going and I loved that because it wasn’t short on surprises! A little more than halfway are where are the twists and turns left me mouth agape and rereading to make sure I read correctly. I highly highly highly recommend this book. This is hands down my favorite book of the year so far. 👌🏼

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s time to get spooky

    Just like that… I finished up my favorite book so far this year! 😍 If you would've asked me my favorite book last week...I would have said... there are so many fantastic thrillers this year...but this one took the cupcake 🧁..I was floored with His & Hers earlier this year...I didn't think she could pull off an even better twisted story...but she did! !! First off...I love, love, love a setting that is a snowed in desolate lodge, hotel, church..you name it...see that snowy gorgeous cover? Now squi Just like that… I finished up my favorite book so far this year! 😍 If you would've asked me my favorite book last week...I would have said... there are so many fantastic thrillers this year...but this one took the cupcake 🧁..I was floored with His & Hers earlier this year...I didn't think she could pull off an even better twisted story...but she did! !! First off...I love, love, love a setting that is a snowed in desolate lodge, hotel, church..you name it...see that snowy gorgeous cover? Now squint and see that tiny church ⛪️ in the middle of nowwhere?? That is Amelia and Robert's holiday destination...they had no idea that they were the only guests..🤔 Okay this would be me… 🏃‍♀️… ✌️…get in the car 🚘 Adam and Bob 🐕‍🦺 (the dog)…but for some reason they chose to stay…🤭😦 I loved how the characters alternated between past and present...each year Mrs. Wright wrote her darling husband a letter on their anniversary...and we are privy to all the juicy details...the good, the bad and the ugly...😉 The ending was ...perfection...if you have read her prior books you will know to expect some mind blowing twists...🤯🤯 I seriously can't recommend this enough!! 🖤The creep factor was off the rails...Just be prepared for one heck of a book hangover!! 🙂 Huge shoutout to Flatiron Books for my gorgeous gifted copy!! You made me a very happy girl!!! 💍 📄 ✂️

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    True story: So, I have this friend who partook in a RPS event at a bar with 100+ participants, and proudly, Yep, she won! This is not that kind of story. A couple married for 10 years are kind of tired of each other. But, hey, what better way to celebrate than by going to some chapel - won at some office function - off the beaten track 8 hours away in the middle of a blizzard, to maybe reconnect? Or permanently disconnect? RPS, is a screenplay written by the husband, Adam. His first love that went True story: So, I have this friend who partook in a RPS event at a bar with 100+ participants, and proudly, Yep, she won! This is not that kind of story. A couple married for 10 years are kind of tired of each other. But, hey, what better way to celebrate than by going to some chapel - won at some office function - off the beaten track 8 hours away in the middle of a blizzard, to maybe reconnect? Or permanently disconnect? RPS, is a screenplay written by the husband, Adam. His first love that went ignored. They play the game also as a choice of whether to stay together or part. There are many secrets here and twists. Letters written on every anniversary but never shared. Word of the year and of the day. I feel like a ghoulish witch rubbing her hands together. Oh la la! I can’t divulge anything else but this was a page turner with many blind spots! Some clever lines of which there were many! “Two wrongs sometimes make an ugly.” “Changing love into hate is a much easier trick than turning water into wine.” Potential next title: One Potato, two potato 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    “We don’t all want to rule the world, some of us just want to make it a better place”. “Rock Paper Scissors” was a great audio-engaging psychological suspense thriller twister — ….10 hours and 22 minutes It had literary elements - mystery perplexity - face blindness intrigue- and phenomenal marriage angst disputes!! I liked it!!! 🥳

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    The woman wore her bitterness like a badge; the kind of person who writes one-star book reviews. LOL, surely she isn't talking about us, is she? Adam and Amelia won a weekend getaway to a remote Scottish lakeside cottage, an ideal destination to celebrate their anniversary and possibly save their rocky marriage. This is a well-written mystery with characters you thought you knew. They aren't necessarily likable and I had no preference who will win this game. The suspense builds up and keeps me wa The woman wore her bitterness like a badge; the kind of person who writes one-star book reviews. LOL, surely she isn't talking about us, is she? Adam and Amelia won a weekend getaway to a remote Scottish lakeside cottage, an ideal destination to celebrate their anniversary and possibly save their rocky marriage. This is a well-written mystery with characters you thought you knew. They aren't necessarily likable and I had no preference who will win this game. The suspense builds up and keeps me wanting more. An atmospheric backdrop of chapel turned to cottage with its own graveyard, snowstorm, and power outage add layers of creepiness vibe. There's a twist or two that had me rewind over and over to make sure I heard it correctly. Feeney got me again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    Word of the year: masterclass [Noun] suggests perfection or nearly there. In one word only if I can summarize this book it would be Brilliant. This is hands down one of the most thrilling books that I have read this year. Alice Feeney's Rock, Paper and scissors is not just a thrilling, exciting, dark, clever, knowledgeable and gripping book; it is also highly satisfying pulsating work of fiction that will leave you asking for more. Right from chapter 1 to page 270, this book is an unusual nail-bit Word of the year: masterclass [Noun] suggests perfection or nearly there. In one word only if I can summarize this book it would be Brilliant. This is hands down one of the most thrilling books that I have read this year. Alice Feeney's Rock, Paper and scissors is not just a thrilling, exciting, dark, clever, knowledgeable and gripping book; it is also highly satisfying pulsating work of fiction that will leave you asking for more. Right from chapter 1 to page 270, this book is an unusual nail-biter that you won’t want to put down and the fact that you want to move on to the next chapter as soon as you completed the previous will be a bit of understatement because it's just too exciting. Alice Feeney's flairs definitely include painting a dark, gloomy ambience which keeps the readers on the edge of their seat throughout the book. There’s a sense of unease and dread that doesn’t let up as the story progresses.. and what a story it is! The way this book is written switching between 3 narrators and a series of letters is something I found appealing. We get to know about both the sides of the marriage story of Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Who can we trust? We can never be sure and that's what makes this book more devouring.Well, you will eventually find the end of the book. And above all Adam (aka Mr. Wright) suffers from Prosopagnosia or face blindness, which adds a different tone and perspective to everything we see as a reader. I loved Alice's character development for unreliable characters. Because with unreliable characters, most book fell apart or become far fetched, but not this one. A ground running fast paced book which gained momentum in middle to end in a climatic, tense and dramatic ending.The twist at the end was jaw dropping and this one is by far her best work and I have only read two. I gave a solid 4 to the other one. And I loved all those words of the year. I added them to my personal dictionary. As a lover of vocabulary I intend on increasing mine day by day and what a delight this book was about the same.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Games People Play. I've never grasped the concept of Rock Paper Scissors, but luckily it wasn’t necessary to love this story. The tension starts early as we explore the marriage of Amelia and Adam, both with secrets to spare. Clues to the possible ruination of one or more of these folks are alluded to without being fully uncovered until the end. This gave me an increasing feeling of trepidation and doom - but for which character? Annual letters written by Adam's wife detailing their marriage from i Games People Play. I've never grasped the concept of Rock Paper Scissors, but luckily it wasn’t necessary to love this story. The tension starts early as we explore the marriage of Amelia and Adam, both with secrets to spare. Clues to the possible ruination of one or more of these folks are alluded to without being fully uncovered until the end. This gave me an increasing feeling of trepidation and doom - but for which character? Annual letters written by Adam's wife detailing their marriage from inception plus present day narrations from three protagonists shape the plot. I would describe this as a closed room thriller with a slight para-normal vibe and ghostly overtone. As much as I loved the atmosphere, I really appreciated the understated craftiness and clever use of the title beyond the obvious. I loved Rock Paper Scissors from beginning to end. A perfect twist caught me off guard and I have myself to blame because the hints were right there in the words in front of me. A special mention for the sublime ending which appealed to my slightly wicked sense of humor. I’ve now read three books by this author and Ms. Feeney has created an informal trademark for deliciously deceitful characters. From her first debut, one of my all time favorites, to this - her fourth - were all the more fun because I have to admit, Sometimes I Lie too. Thank you to Macmillan and Flatiron Books, the author, and Netgalley for my electronic review copy set to publish on September 7, 2021.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Snjez

    2.5 stars This book started well for me. I liked the spooky setting, I was interested to see where the plot would go and I really liked the writing. If I hadn't listened to the audiobook, which was really good, I'm sure I would have highlighted a lot in this one. Those were the only positives for me, though. For the most part the story dragged for me. There were twists I didn't see coming, but they still failed to wow me. I can't say that I'm happy with the ending. When I look back at the story a 2.5 stars This book started well for me. I liked the spooky setting, I was interested to see where the plot would go and I really liked the writing. If I hadn't listened to the audiobook, which was really good, I'm sure I would have highlighted a lot in this one. Those were the only positives for me, though. For the most part the story dragged for me. There were twists I didn't see coming, but they still failed to wow me. I can't say that I'm happy with the ending. When I look back at the story as a whole, I need everything to make sense and everything needs to fall into place in the end without leaving me with unanswered questions. This book didn't give me that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    4.5 Stars, rounded up! This was a BIG departure from her previous books, IMO, and it really worked for me. Told from three perspectives, and multiple time frames, this read part spooky horror novel, and then psychological thriller at other times, with A LOT of family drama sprinkled in on top. I think it's best you go into this book knowing as little about the plot as possible, I mean, it's Alice Feeney - it's pretty much guaranteed to be great! Suffice it to say, when Adam and Amelia win a cabi 4.5 Stars, rounded up! This was a BIG departure from her previous books, IMO, and it really worked for me. Told from three perspectives, and multiple time frames, this read part spooky horror novel, and then psychological thriller at other times, with A LOT of family drama sprinkled in on top. I think it's best you go into this book knowing as little about the plot as possible, I mean, it's Alice Feeney - it's pretty much guaranteed to be great! Suffice it to say, when Adam and Amelia win a cabin weekend getaway, it turns out to be much more than a vacation! The dark, chilling converted chapel alone presented a very daunting atmosphere, but throw in the fact it that it had a graveyard in the backyard, and then they were snowed in, with four flat tires and no neighbors in sight, but yet they kept hearing noises at night - this was a very spooky read!! I knew something big was coming, I could literally feel it, but I wasn't anywhere close to predicting just what it might be!! Don't get me started on that TWIST! I thought I couldn't be 'had' but she definitely got me with that one! Feeney did what I thought was nearly impossible and continually shocked me throughout, how much fun this one was! Feeney is a master at created richly atmospheric, psychologically heavy plots that twist and turn so much you're literally left gasping upon finishing! Another fantastic one that I couldn't recommend more to this looking for something with a lightening-fast pace that will keep you entertained throughout! I'm certain this will go on MANY Best of 2021 lists!!

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