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Omg… Hold on… Wait until I untwist myself to write this review.

The premise was so astonishing that I had to read the book.

Bridget, 48 years old, married Tom, 28 years old. That’s cool, right? We love love at any age.

But Tom had been in prison for manslaughter. That was a little difficult to digest, right?

Now for the shocker… Tom had been charged for the death of Bridget’s only son Jesse. Whaaaattttt…. Didn’t your jaw fall? Mine did too…

Through Restorative Justice program in prison, Bridget, who babysat Tom with her son Jesse, managed to forgive him and fall in love with him. And they got married. In prison.

The whole story began when Tom was released and he revealed the truth to his mother who was Bridget’s ex-best friend.

Then came another twist. Bridget was a grandmother to Jesse’s son Ellis, and she wanted Tom and Ellis to be friends. Befriend his father’s killer? Wasn’t this as twisted as a pretzel?

Wow. K. L. Slater managed to shock the socks off me with this story.

It was different as seen by the premise, suspenseful as I didn’t know whom to trust, quite thrilling as it kept me on my toes. The author did that with most of her books, but this topped it.

There were multiple POV and different timelines which were slightly disjointed initially, but I got used to it. Secrets hidden, drama shown, motives hidden, love shown made this a complex thriller.

I couldn’t even begin to guess how everything would come together as there was a hint of karma but I couldn’t plot this story in my mind ahead of the author’s writing. The ending was was explosive.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Ten years ago he killed my son. Today I married him.

Ten years ago my darling son Jesse was murdered and our perfect family was destroyed. My strong, handsome boy, so full of life, became a memory, a photo I carried with me everywhere.

But today I’m finally close to finding happiness again. My ash-blonde hair has been curled into ringlets. Carefully placed white flowers frame my delicate features. The small, drab chapel has been prettied up with white satin, and there are tiny red hearts scattered on the small table where I will soon sign the register with my new husband.

The man who killed my son.

My friends and family can’t understand it. My neighbours whisper in the street whenever I walk past. How can I love a man like Tom?

They don’t really know me at all…


Publication Date: May 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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10 Responses

  1. That premise has my head spinning but I am also intrigued. I have read all Slater books but this one. Your review has definitely convinced me to check it out. Fab review, Shalini.

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