Digital Reads Reviews

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Quite a fast read, as if the pages turned on its own. Cleverly plotted, the story hoodwinked me as the writing kept me in the shadows in most of the book. Having read author Chris Merritt’s police procedural, I was quite excited to get my hands on this book.

Freya and partner Jack had made their new home in a London suburb. A quiet place quite different from hubbub of London, she was quite excited when she got to meet her next door neighbor Emily.

But something needled her and things didn’t move on as smoothly as she had hoped. And a few months later, Emily and her daughter disappeared. Freya took it upon herself to look for them.

Freya was strong yet bullheaded (read it as irritating in some sections), I neither connected nor disliked her. I watched her with consuming curiosity to know the truth behind the disappearance so egged her on. There were many twists as the supporting characters had their own secrets.

With dual POV of Freya and an unknown, I couldn’t begin to guess what the author was hiding. Detailed storytelling with a slightly slower pace to begin with, a sharper prose would have given it the edge required to stand out.

Nevertheless, the ending was explosive which made it well worth the time spent. Overall, good mystery which dealt with a few social issues sensitively.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…


Publication Date: Sept 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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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for this review Shalini. This book has had such mixed reviews, but I enjoy Chris Merritt’s books, so I am glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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