Flamingo Lane – being the 2nd book in a series, does offer essentials elements from the first book, Fever Tree. Therefore, this can absolutely be read as a standalone. Which was a relief because I was SO in the mood for a light, atmospheric thriller such as this one. Southern noir, as it turns out, is the perfect comfort read to unwind with.
Overwhelmed by her family’s attempts to restore her to her “old self”, Faye Lindstrom – having encountered a harrowing past life in Quintana Roo, Mexico – takes solace inside an isolated farmhouse owned by novelist William Dieter. But that safe haven may not be as idyllic as it seems as it seems.
Yep, that’s it! What I love about this particular synopsis of FLAMINGO LANE by Tim Applegate (out Dec. 11) is that it doesn’t give TOO much away about the plot and, along with the cover, remains mysterious and gives out a feel of moodiness (which you guys know I’m all about!).
Now in the back cover, it also says that this book is for Southern noir fans (my first time reading the sub-genre!) and then it proceeded to mention that it’s a “cat-and-mouse pursuit” kind of read!! Which I think is so Patricia Highsmith/ Peter Swanson.
So, moving from Quintana Roo, Mexico to Florida, Faye Lindstrom decides to start a new life, far away from the chaos of the place that holds some of her darkest, most traumatizing memories: a flawed female protagonist (you guys know this is a total plus for me! but what she isn’t aware of is that her ex seeks revenge and is going on a mission to kill her as she resides in novelist William Dieter’s house.
This is one of those entertaining “past comes back to bite you” kind of reads, if that makes sense. There might’ve been no twists throughout the book, but there was definitely an element of suspense which, once it began, it didn’t let up! And I felt truly invested in Faye’s character as she endeavors to combat her demons. Out of all other characters, hers was the one that stood out the most for m, so the chapters where she narrates the events were the ones I kept looking forward to!
Do you guys have any thoughts on this book? Let’s discuss in the comments, fellow readers!!