At the outset, I would like to thank Betty, the Geeky Bibliophile, whose awesome review gave me the push to read this book. Thank you, Betty.
This book pulled me in from the first few pages. A husband Leon shot in the head with a nail gun and suddenly collapsing, the wife Jane, subsequently finding herself in a financial ruin along with an amnesiac violent husband, finds her world collapsing. The entire scenario has the vividness of a world which has changed in a split second. And nobody knows why!!
My first book by Paula Daly, and the book was a heck of a ride for most parts. Jane’s normal world spun out of control when post surgery, her husband could not remember her and wanted his ex. I loved the shock and the desperation. The secrets which then started rolling made Jane’s life a living terror with unstable neighbors, their weird son, a lost cat, a felon’s threat, the behind the scenes scam.
What I especially found enthralling was the main character Leon was an author before the trauma, who was accused of plagiarism, then came deliberate negative reviews on Amazon to bring down an author’s career, the bots and false websites. Everything described was so close to real life happenings. I loved this bit of reality.
Then there were my niggles, the prose did not feel complete there were a few barely discernable plot holes and a rushed explanation.
But on the whole, the author kept me hopping on my toes, longing to know the perp, so I can endorse this book as one of the enjoyable reads in the thriller genre.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Transworld Digital, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of five novels. Her work has been sold in fifteen countries, shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books are currently being developed for television. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.
Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.
But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.
Publication date : 26th July, 2018
Publisher : Transworld Digital