This book barely escaped being a DNF by the skin of its teeth… Whew!! A thriller of secrets which didn’t thrill or entice me.
I love a book which has secrets hidden in its pages, but the writing here was so s. l. o. w., that everything in the world including painting my nails distracted me away from it.
The story goes thus, Helen is going through a separation, her mum Barbara is diagnosed with breast cancer. She comes down for surgery, has an overdose of medications, and soon after, Helen’s child Barney is kidnapped.
The story was told in many different timelines and with different POVs at a pace slower than a snail. (It had me banging my head on the kindle, gently!!) Not a good sign at all. Barbara’s husband Neil was the ostrich, buried his head in the sand, not ever wondering about her past. Aaaghhh!!
My first book by Joanne Sefton, and instead of me feeling all the emotions of the book, the book, for the first time, felt my varied emotions: excited, bewildered, bored, I dozed holding the kindle, perked up for the last 20% then disillusioned and resigned.
The premise was good, but the pace slow, the characters unlikable, the dampened plot reveal, followed by The End. My biggest niggle was not any of the above factors, it was – I was told main character Helen was a good mom. I didn’t ever feel that, there were no such scenes shown. She was more overwhelmed with everything.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Avon, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating: 2 stars
About the Author
Joanne Sefton lives in Bath and as well as writing, she is a working barrister and mother. She is Scottish and has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University.
Nobody in Barbara Marsden’s family knows about her past, least of all her daughter Helen. But someone wants the truth to come out.
When Helen discovers a sinister note at Barbara’s house, she can’t understand who would want to threaten her mother. She’s determined to find out who sent it, but soon realises her search might hurt her own family and put Barbara at risk…
What really happened all those years ago? And who is going to end up paying the price?
Publication date : 3rd September 2018
Publisher : Avon