Our brain can be a funny thing, sometimes it represses memories to protect us and most times bombards us with them. But a catastrophic event of the childhood, suppressed over the years, can come out with a single unbelievable surge, and it destroys everything that stands in its way.
Amber worked in a bookshop and led a normal life with her husband David, a pharmacist, and dog Sadie. The news of a murdered woman found in water triggered something in her brain, and she remembered the woman’s name – Emma Fairfax. That started the entire whirlpool of memories and realities, truth and lies.
Her brain swirled with myriad of information, and some of them she could have never known about. Certain items found at home forced her to take a second look at her husband. Escaping from him, she got to know some hard truths. And then there was the final confrontation.
My first book by author A. J. Grayson, I loved the way the twists occured just when I thought I knew what was happening. I loved Amber, I could identify with her. I could feel the confusion which arose in her. The desperate need to get to the truth brought out my own urgency, as reflected in the almost continuous turn of the pages.
The author had etched Amber with a tinge of vulnerability over the core of cracked steel. She was broken yet she survived. David helped her in many ways, but he too had a damaged outlook. I loved the way layers had been added to the story with Amber’s past breaking the barriers in the brain to get to the present.
Psychological thrillers ought to twist the mind, and when the minds of the chacters have been broken by twisted beings, I could do nothing but feel an understanding and empathy for the situation. I couldn’t decide if the actions were right or wrong, I could just read the story with a pounding heart.
Midway down the book I knew the direction of the story as the author had left ample evidence. But I could not stop reading it. Took me an hour and half to finish, it felt I had read the book in a single breath.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Killer Reads, and this us my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Amber is happy, she loves her husband David and their dog Sadie, she even loves her job as a junior editor on a local newspaper. But when the body of a young woman is found in a stretch of river near her home, Amber’s world begins to implode.
The headaches that she has been struggling with seem to intensify and Amber begins to doubt her husband, why doesn’t he want to probe deeper into the story and why does she seem to have such a shaky hold on her own thoughts and memories?
Amber begins to question everything she believes in and as she starts to probe deeper, her discovery will bring her ever closer to home…
Publication Date: 21st March 2019
Publisher: Killer Reads
Wow! This sounds like quite the page turner Shalini. Thanks for putting it on my radar.
I liked it… Though many have not liked. Something different
Wonderful review! It definitely sounds like a great read despite the fact you guessed the direction of the story right early on.
It was quite a different read. I enjoyed it
I covet your speed reading skills, I am pokey and have to read every word.
You are fabulous and I read every word of your review 😍😘
Wow! This sounds like an intense read! Adding to my TBR list!!
This was quite a different story, child abuse was written, nothing very graphic
Ok yes! Another one to add to my TBR! Your review really sold it! And that cover oh yea this sounds like a must read!!
It has child abuse parts in it.. Just be forewarned. Nothing very graphic
Thanks for the warning
Great review as always 💕
Thank you so much ❤️ how are you doing Priyasha?
Ooh, this sounds like a good thriller! I agree, I love when an author plays mind games with the reader 🙂
This was quite an unexpected read… 😍
Mercy, Shalini. You finished it in 1 1/2 hrs? And I labor to finish a short one in a couple days. You have a sharp and quick mind to put up all those nuances so quickly. Great review! Glad you liked it!
This was quite different and unexpected… Thank you so much Gin 💕
This sounds great! love your review.
Thank you so much ❤️
What an intense review! 🙂 I love that the book kept you going despite knowing where the story would go.
It had intense themes of child abuse.. Thank you so much ❤️
Another book that I need to read. I love what you said about being lost in the narrative and empathizing without judgement. Great review, Shalini.
Thank you so much ❤️
This sounds very intriguing definitely adding this to my TBR as well.
Thank you.. It was one of my different reads
Great review, Shalini! I love that you read such different genres! 😀
Hahaha I review all that I get approved of.. These are the ones I do.. 🤷♀️
Thanks for sharing this review – that sounds like a great book, and all read in one sitting – it’s now on my list.
Thank you so much.. This was quite an unexpected read
Oh I just picked an ARC of this book up recently! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I’m more excited now to read it. Great review!
Yayy I hope you enjoy it too ❤️