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Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

I can't handle a scary movie or TV show, and yet when it comes to books, I actively seek out books that will scare me. In fact, it was on a recent hunt through BookTok that I found Alice Feeney and her 2021 book, Rock Paper Scissors. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


Since then, I have completed the book and have had a few days to process all the plot twists the book has to offer. Now that I have, it's time to answer some of the most common questions about the book and offer a list of books like it to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)


Is Rock Paper Scissors Worth Reading?

Personally, I think Rock Paper Scissors is absolutely worth reading. The plot twists at the end are what make me feel confident in saying that. I didn't see them coming and it really sent me for a loop. So, if you're looking for something pretty easy to read that's got mystery and will give me slight creepy vibes, then I'd say give Rock Paper Scissors a try!


Is Rock Paper Scissors a Horror Book? Is It Scary?

Rock Paper Scissors is a domestic, psychological thriller. Though I suppose it could be considered horror if you go by Masterclass's definition: "Horror is a genre of literature that is meant to scare, startle, shock, and even repulse audiences. The key focus of a horror novel is to elicit a sense of dread in the reader through frightening images, themes, and situations."


I'll admit that I expected Rock Paper Scissors to be scarier than it was, especially after seeing it in one of my favorite bookstores' "Books that will make you want to sleep with the light on" videos. It should be noted that there is violence and murder at the end, but it isn't overly graphic or gruesome.


How Long Does It Take to Read Rock Paper Scissors?

According to How Long to Read, it would take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 20 minutes to read Rock Paper Scissors.


Who Are the Main Characters in Rock Paper Scissors?

The main characters in Rock Paper Scissors include:

  • Adam Wright - Husband

  • Amelia Wright - Wife

  • Bob - Honourable mention to Adam and Amelia's dog who is key to advancing the story

  • Robin - Ex-Wife


Who Is Robin in Rock Paper Scissors?

Near the end of Rock Paper Scissors, it is revealed that the letters we have been reading in between the first-person chapters were written by Adam's ex-wife, Robin, who he cheated on with Amelia. She also happens to be the woman in the cabin, Henry Winter's daughter, and the person who anonymously invited Adam and Amelia to Blackwater Chapel.


Who Dies in Rock Paper Scissors?

In the final chapters of Rock Paper Scissors, Amelia Wright is murdered by Robin.


Is Rock Paper Scissors Being Made Into a Movie?

According to Variety, Rock Paper Scissors is going to be made into a movie and will be produced by Suzanne Mackie, executive producer of The Crown.


Is Blackwater Chapel from Rock Paper Scissors Real?

No - Blackwater Chapel in Scotland from Rock Paper Scissors is not a real place.


It is, however, inspired by one! According to Alice Feeney, "I first had the idea for Rock Paper Scissors during a trip to Scotland in 2018. We drove to a remote property in a terrible storm. When we finally arrived it was dark, there was no power and our phones didn’t work. We were completely isolated with no neighbors, except for a small herd of sheep. Thanks to the snow, we were trapped. Then, late that night, just as we were about to go to bed, a ghostly face appeared in the window. Someone was outside. Watching us. It turned out to be the caretaker, who drove through the storm to see if we were ok, but the moment definitely sparked an idea!"


How Does the Book Rock Paper Scissors End?

The end of Rock Paper Scissors begins with us finding out that Adam's current wife, Amelia, was not the one writing the letters all along. Rather, she was a friend of his first wife, Robin, who he cheated on and soon after married.


From there, it is revealed that Henry Winter owns Blackwater Chapel and that he is Robin's father. Robin is then uncovered to be the one who invited Adam and Amelia, as she has been plotting a way to get her ex-husband, dog, and home back. In a letter that explains this, she also reveals that she found out Amelia was the one to kill Adam's mother.


At this point, all hell breaks loose, and as Amelia goes to attack Adam, Robin appears and kills her instead. Adam and Robin leave Blackwater Chapel together and "live happily ever after" - you know, after committing and covering up a murder.


If that's not enough for you, Alice Feeney leaves us with one final plot twist where Adam remembers that it was him in the driver's seat of the car that killed his mother, not Amelia.


5 Books Like Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

If you enjoyed this book as much as I did, you might be looking for books like Rock Paper Scissors to read next. If so, here are my top five recommendations for similar psychological thriller books.


The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

1. The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

A creepy isolated house? Check. A snowstorm? Check. An unexpected vistor? Check. I could be describing Rock Paper Scissors but I'm not. I'm actually describing some of the plot points of The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf. Check out this description and you'll see just how similiar the two books are: "True crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace. As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside, haunted by its secrets and the secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside. After bringing the child inside for, it soon becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them."


2. The Last Word by Taylor Adams

I had hoped that I would be more creeped out by the person outside the window in Rock Paper Scisscors, and while I was a bit, it doesn't compare to the creepiness of The Last Word by Taylor Adams. Here's what it's about: "Emma Carpenter is house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast with no one to keep her company but her dog. One day, she reads a poorly written—but gruesome—horror novel and posts a bad review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night and Emma doesn't think it's a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online, but could he be stalking her, too?"


The Guest List by Lucy Foley

3. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

If you felt like the remote setting of Rock Paper Scissors added to the mystery and suspense, then you're going to love the isolated Irish island that the book, The Guest List by Lucy Foley, takes place on. Here's what the book is about: "On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests have gathered for a rising television star's wedding. Despite the spotty cell service and rough waves, everything has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. Then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?"

mysterious person from the past, murder, suspense, and money; The Nanny has all the makings of a great psychological thriller novel that moves quickly and keeps you engaged up until the very end.


The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

4. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Like Rock Paper Scissors, Rachel Hawkin's book, The Wife Upstairs, also focuses on the drama between husband, wife, and ex-wife. Here's what it's about: "Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates - a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if she steals the odd piece or jewelry or think to ask if Jane is her real name. But her luck changes when she meets the recently widowed, Eddie Rochester. Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Eddie's first wife. How can she measure up? Can she win Eddie’s heart before her past - or his - catches up to her?"


 Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

5. Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

The title alone was enough to make me believe Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six was a book like Rock Paper Scissors. Then, I read the description and I knew for sure it was. Here's what it's about: "Three couples rent an isolated luxury cabin in the woods, complete with spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef for a weekend getaway. But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep. How well does Hannah know her brother or her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?"

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