You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks

Genre: psychological thriller. ⭐️Stars from Goodreads: 3.45.⭐️Stars from me: 4.5

I first saw You Were Made For This on Ova’s blog. She praised the book and I trust her opinion. I wouldn’t have picked up the book otherwise due to its description. Actually, I think the description doesn’t do the book justice and is quite misleading. It makes the book sound like another family/relationship drama while in reality it’s nothing of that sort. It’s a deep, chilling psychological thriller.

You Were Made For This is about a family that looks perfect (too perfect) living its life in Swedish wilderness, and about a friend visiting it.

I found the book unsettling from the very beginning. There is a premonition of something harsh that will dismantle this illusion of a pristine family life. And that’s exactly what happens.

The characters are really compelling, but I don’t mean they are nice or healthy. It’s interesting to discover what disfigured them so much and what they are capable of.

I wish there was more told about Frank, one of the characters. I feel like she harbours even more skeletons in her closet.

I loved the perfect suspense of the story and that the worst villain wasn’t identified till the very end of the book.

I found the ending quite puzzling. It doesn’t contradict the storyline or the characters’ nature but it doesn’t match the emotions you develop for the characters by the end of the book.

The writing is pleasant and natural, free of any tricks. The story is told from the perspectives of three people and I could hear their voices and recognise their personalities whenever they were speaking.

Overall, You Were Made For This is the best thriller I’ve recently read and I definitely recommend it.

I received the copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

7 thoughts on “You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks

  1. Definitely going to read this, now that it has endorsement from both Ova and yourself! I saw it on my library e-book catalogue but wasn’t sure… going to reserve it.

  2. I agree with you on the ending. I think the last few paragraphs were unnecessary and if I was editing this book- I’d be tempted to chop it off 🙂

    I am so glad you liked this book and completely agree with your review!

    1. Thank you! I feel lucky that I didn’t know much about the book so everything was a big surprise for me. This ending is very tricky. It doesn’t work for the story, it’s not how books are supposed to end, it’s not what readers expect and yet I’m sure that’s exactly what would have happened had it been about real people.

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