Truthfully, All Eyes On Us by Kit Frick isn’t really my kind of novel. And I had trouble rating it as a result. I wondered how much of my preconceived opinions about thrillers was playing a role and how much it was actually based on the novel. Eventually, after much deliberation, I arrived at a solid three. All Eyes On Us is a story that follows to girls, Amanda and Rosalie who are both dating the same boy. Amanda, Carter’s first girlfriend, has been with him for a long time and appears to be the serious one. She and Carter are both from the same upper echelons of society and there’s basically a pretty big expectation that the two of them will eventually get married. Amanda sees him as her forever, the only future she really has and this is partially influenced by the fact that her parents are deep in debt and they see their daughter as the cash cow to get them out once she inherits the giant real estate monopoly that Carter’s family owns by marrying him. Rosalie is the girl Carter is cheating on her with, someone who lives in a more lower-middle class household. The catch, of course, is that Rosalie is a lesbian who is only dating Carter to appease her conservative, excessively Christan parents who have been submitting her to conversion therapy since she was very young. It’s her way of keeping them off her back and keeping her own real relationship with Paulina a secret.
Then suddenly Amanda begins receiving somewhat threatening texts that eventually boil down to a stranger telling her she needs to break up with Carter. Due to the fact that Amanda already knows Carter is cheating, she is quick to assume that it is Rosalie who is sending the disturbing messages. There’s a lot of girl hate that ensues, which is understandable and I was definitely in that boat as a teenager once upon a time, but it wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed about this book and definitely made me feel less sympathetic toward Amanda, who was quick to act like a Grade A bitch as a result, blaming Rosalie instead of Carter for the disgusting behavior. Of course, as Rosalie is not the one texting Amanda, soon both girls are receiving texts from this stranger who is dead set on taking down Carter and basically breaking his heart as publicly as possible.
Admittedly, my biggest issues with this book came primarily from the fact that it was moderately predictable and incredibly dull. I had the hardest time getting through it as I spent much of the novel growing increasingly bored, which I imagine is not what’s supposed to happen when someone reads a thriller. I didn’t feel deeply worried for any of the characters, certain that there would be a good ending for the both of them. There never seemed to be any suspense at all and barring the anger I felt toward Christianity and the church for their disgusting treatment of Rosalie, I never felt much about the story. And the people involved in the threats? I pinned all but one.
I’ll give the author credit for the fact that I never actually suspected the person who turned out to be the stalker-y texter hellbent on destroying Carter’s life. But while I did not have this person pinned down, the reveal didn’t matter to me in the slightest. I didn’t feel anything when the name came forward nor did I really even care about it? The texter’s motivations were dumb to me, though I suppose I could see it? Ultimately I just didn’t really care about anything that happened and by the time I got to the end of the novel I was just ready to be done reading.
Ultimately, I think it’s just very clear that thriller is not a genre I enjoy.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.