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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

32 Responses

  1. Wonderful review! It definitely sounds like a great read despite the fact you guessed the direction of the story right early on.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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