How easily can you lie?

TICK TACK - How long can you lie?

What a book and I'm really flabbergasted. I've never had such an unusual story and such an unusual way of developing the story. Megan Miranda landed a coup with it and it took a lot of nerve and concentration to follow the plot. But more on that in a moment. I think the idea of ​​pulling up the story from the end is awesome. However, this idea also strains the head tremendously, because I had to stay very focused and it was not a book to just read on the side. Miranda made it too complicated for that, on the one hand telling the backwards and then also the thought processes of her protagonist Nic, who deals with her past. I always had to pay attention to whether it was part of the day's events or Nic's thoughts. Due to the abrupt end of the chapter, I had to collect myself with each new chapter and keep reminding myself that it is now a day earlier and not later. This moment of recognition always lasted a while and so I had to dig into the story anew every time. But it worked. But I like to be challenged, not only with story development, but also with Nic himself. Because everything is written from her point of view and you should believe that you will then get closer to her. Unfortunately, it was not like that. I could follow her actions and you could also feel that she had repressed a lot of what happened in Cooley Ridge years ago, but she was still too pale for me. Even if the thriller is complex, the language makes it wonderful to read. It's not action-packed, rather the tension develops slowly and calmly. It is always there subliminally and runs like a red thread through the entire plot. Their language is pictorial, poetic and gloomy. This is really unusual for a thriller, but she manages to conjure up a gloomy image of the small town of Cooley Ridge. A really not typical thriller, because the focus was not on investigative work, but more on the behavior within Nic's circle of friends. Especially with her supporting characters, Miranda scores with me. They are not just black and white. You can't classify them directly into a role or behavior, no one is really just good or bad. They all have their quirks and strengths and are therefore very realistic. By the end of it I'm still irritated and I still wonder if I missed something. Because one thing is clear, the small town tries to keep everything silent and Nic's idea of ​​what it could have been like is never clearly proven. I will probably have to read the book again from back to front to fully understand it. Conclusion “TICK TACK” convinced me of the story structure and the language, but for me the characters remained pale and the resolution was not completely transparent. Still a pleasure to read.