Format Read: ARC Edition (306 pages)
Genre: Adult/ Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Giveaway Win
Rating: FOUR STARS
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.
When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?
As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
REVIEW:This was a rewarding thriller from start to the #WTF finale. David, Adele and Louise become intertwined with each other in messy and complicated ways. The entire novel is spent unpacking how their relationships and secrets become unraveled from each other. The novel alternates point of view between Adele and Louise. We quickly learn that Adele's home life and actions are more calculated and less sympathetic then she lets on. Louise is a flawed and relateable single mom, who makes choices to satiate her emotions, without thinking them through. Together Adele and Louise form a friendship and narrative that I became completely immersed in.
"The past is as ephemeral as the future--it's all perspective and smoke and mirrors."Pinborough not only has created believable well fleshed out characters but she builds up suspense very well. The reader is slowly clued in before other characters in the book realize what's happening. If you ever been in love you can relate to the impulsive and blinding magnetism it can have on someone in a relationship. This story is all about love, self love, friendship love, family love and romantic love. The author was able to relate all the ways love can scar and harm as well as help in the course of a life.
"He asked me once if it was possible to love someone so much that it makes you completely blind to them for a while . I told him that's what love is at its heart. Only seeing the good in someone. I said love was a kind of madness in itself..."There is no way you can guess the ending, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could still be shocked with how a book ends. The twists and turns involved with this plot, kept me guessing. The psychological analysis didn't interrupt the flow and added more depth to the characters. I did feel the mystery involved could have been drawn out longer. Despite that I enjoyed the journey of three people on a collision course, which wrapped up everything well and left no loose ends. I would recommend this to readers who love psychological thrillers and enjoy a memorable ending that will make you want to throw this book at the wall.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.
Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.
Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.
You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough