Publisher: Pan Macmillan Aus
Publication date: 25th February 2020
Genre: Crime / Mystery
Format read: paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth - not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister?
Claire is seven when her family go on holiday to the island of Saint X. On the last night of their holiday her 18 year-old sister, Alison, goes missing. Her body is found 3 days later.
The story starts with the family holiday and Alison’s attitude and flirting and her subsequent demise . The mystery is; was she murdered? No one is charged and it is all swept under the carpet by the island’s police.
Years later a grown Claire becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Alison to the point of neglecting all else around her.
There are multiple points of view in this story of privilege, recklessness and obsession.
For me the story became bogged down, it was very slow and I sometimes became confused if what I was reading really happened or it was simply conjecture.
The mystery was compelling and it was that and Schaitkin’s hypnotic writing, that pushed me through the book.
The characters were well developed and I liked the small peek at the other holiday makers that were on the island and how the tragedy had affected their lives.
Through Saint X, Alexis Schaitkin shows us how a moment in time, an incident, can have an effect on so many lives.
Saint X is her debut novel.