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Rock Paper Scissors
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Rock Paper Scissors
A Novel
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Feeney lives up to her reputation as the "queen of the twist"...This page-turner will keep you guessing." —Real Simple
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.

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Feeney lives up to her reputation as the "queen of the twist"...This page-turner will keep you guessing." —Real Simple
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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  • ALICE FEENEY is the New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie, I Know Who You Are, His & Hers, and Rock Paper Scissors. Her novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages and have been optioned for major screen adaptations. Alice was a BBC journalist for fifteen years and now lives in the Devon countryside with her family. Daisy Darker is her fifth novel.
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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2021
    An unhappy British couple attempt to rekindle the magic with a weekend trip to a remote spot in Scotland. How is she tricking me? Feeney, the author of Sometimes I Lie (2017) and His and Hers (2020), has trained her readers to start asking this question immediately with her puzzle-box narratives. Well, you won't find out here. Only the basics: Amelia's won a weekend getaway in an office raffle, and as the novel opens, she and her screenwriter husband, Adam, who suffers from face blindness, along with their dog, Bob, are miserably making their way through a snowstorm to a destination in the Scottish Highlands which is no Airbnb Superhost, that's for sure. A freezing cold, barely converted church with many locked rooms and malfunctioning electricity, the property also features a mysterious caretaker who has left firewood and a nice note but seems to be spying through the window. Both Adam and Amelia seem to be considering this weekend the occasion for ending the marriage by any means necessary--then Bob disappears. The narrative goes back and forth with first-person chapters by Amelia and Adam interleaved with a series of letters written to Adam on their anniversary through the years and keyed to the traditional gifts: paper, cotton, wood, leather, etc. There's also a rock and a scissors, referring to the children's game of the book title, which the couple use to make everyday decisions like "Should we stay together?" Offstage is the famous writer Henry Winter, whose novels Adam has made his fortune adapting; through several author-characters, Feeney weaves in sometimes-grim observations about the literary life. On meeting a sourpuss cashier at the rural grocery store: "The woman wore her bitterness like a badge; the kind of person who writes one-star book reviews." This complicated gothic thriller of dueling spouses and homicidal writers is cleverly plotted and neatly tied up.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 19, 2021
    Londoners Amelia and Adam Wright, the couple at the center of this craftily plotted if flawed domestic thriller from bestseller Feeney (His & Hers), are spending the weekend at spooky Blackwater Chapel in the Scottish Highlands on what is meant to be a last-ditch effort to save their 10-year marriage. Each harbors darker agendas for the weekend, as does the mysterious, hermit-like neighbor, Robin, who frightens Amelia when Amelia catches the woman peering at her through a chapel window. The plot takes some perilous turns in ways both predictable—a power outage, dangerously loose stones in the wall of the chapel’s belfry—and not, as alternating narrations from the trio open a Pandora’s box packed with secrets, lies, and betrayals. Feeney’s signature misdirection sets up gasp-worthy twists down the stretch even if they, like the characters, come off as arbitrary and artificial. In contrast to His & Hers, some may walk away from this one feeling more snookered than satisfied. Agent: Jonny Geller, Curtis Brown.

  • Booklist

    August 20, 2021
    The domestic thriller goes Gothic in Feeney's fourth novel, following His and Hers (2020). London couple Adam and Amelia Wright win a get-away to a destination in the Scottish Highlands. But their accommodations turn out to be a dilapidated converted chapel, complete with crypt, bell tower, and a creepy caretaker. This isn't a couple who can make the best of things; as we learn from their juxtaposed first-person narratives. Instead they have a bog of secrets, suspicions, and bad blood between them. The suspense hinges on who may be about to murder whom as the Wrights try to survive each other, and a possible force just inside or outside the creaky chapel. The scares and twists get a bit over-played, and the device of including Amelia's never-sent anniversary letters to her husband as a way of giving background is awkward. Still, this tale, complicated by Adam's face blindness, which renders even his wife unrecognizable to him, will give readers plenty of jolts along the way.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife "Marriage has never been so disturbing...or so compelling. Alice Feeney has written a staggering novel filled with tension, suspense, and an ending that will leave you flabbergasted. You think you know where it's going, but you have no idea."
  • Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of We Begin at the End "Chilling and clever, with a twist so sharp you'll get whiplash. Rock Paper Scissors is the kind of blistering, one-sit-read that Alice Feeney is just so incredibly good at."
  • Philippa East, author of Little White Lies "Rock Paper Scissors is a perfectly-plotted thriller that hooked me from the opening scene. A really gripping story with clever switch-back twists that kept me off-balance (checking over my shoulder!) the whole nail-biting way. A scissor-sharp portrayal of a marriage on the rocks. Atmospheric, entertaining and clever."
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