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This was one crazy ass book. Imagine the contents of a dark witch’s cauldron with everything evil put in it, and just a dash of goodness, and you’d get this swirling tale where nothing was real, but nothing was imaginary too. Everything lay in the twilight zone, and I sincerely couldn’t believe my eyes at what I was reading. Clare Boyd is one crazy ass chick!! All complimentary!! Writing this review while thrown on my ass by the twists in the story which had me still wondering – what had I just read?

Three main characters Elizabeth, Lucas, Heather, two were married and the third was the help. Many side characters a Polish couple and Heather’s parents. They were all stuck in a strange dance in the flowing mist where the steps were known only to them and to the author. I could just part my way through them and get a glimpse of what was happening in their lives.

Told primarily from the wife Elizabeth’s POV, whereby she spoke of many things, false and real, this book rocked the roots of my storytelling foundation. I had this weird feeling in my stomach even minutes after reading the book. Clare Boyd sure made my insides roil with doubt about all the characters as I read down the pages.

Each character presented me with many statements which had me trusting them one moment, then disbelieving all that I read the other. Everything the author wrote was like the wood smoke; they burned my eyes yet gave me clarity. Until the last line of the book, I genuinely didn’t know who was telling me the truth.

With the last line, everything else fell wayward, and I could take a deep breath to cleanse the air of doubts within me and write this review. You have to read it to believe this author’s tale. Wow!!

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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I finally have everything I ever wanted. A home with floor-to-ceiling windows, a devoted husband who dazzles everyone he meets, and two angelic children I adore. But as I watch my husband chatting with the girl next door, I wonder if anyone can see the sadness in my pretty pink smile, or hear the scream behind my straight white teeth?

I know I’m crazy to think there’s a hint of desire in his eyes.

I know it’s madness to see a flicker of fear in hers.

I know all this, because I’ve been wrong before.

And if I’m wrong again, he’ll try to take my children away.

The party is my last chance to prove to my husband that I’m on the mend, that I can handle something as simple as a drinks reception without snapping under the pressure. It’s all going perfectly, until I see something in the swimming pool that changes everything. But if I can’t trust myself to believe it’s real, who will?

Publication Date: March 2020

5 Responses

  1. So different from a cozy mystery where you can always trust the main character’s actions and words to be truthful, at least from their perspective, and usually from the reader’s perspective as well. To not be able to trust any of the characters or even the author–that is mind blowing!

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