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A dark domestic thriller was this with an abuse theme at the core which involved mysteries of the past mixed with the realities of the present, making it quite interesting in some ways. My second Liz Lawler book saw me read this at one go to know how the human psyche could be twisted and turned.

Tess, an operation theatre scrub nurse, married vascular surgeon, Daniel. With whirlwind courtship and fast marriage, followed by a new house in a different area saw Tess centered in a plotline where Daniel started changing his attitude and slowly transforming her, making her subservient. Would she ever break free?

The prose sped up as I read incredulously at all the things that Tess underwent. Things escalated, along with my desperation at wanting to help her escape his abuse. The author brought out my emotions as every cell in me, which screamed woman, hated the abuse shown.

There were many twists when an old woman came up to her to warn her and a shocker when she found something hidden in the house. The suspense ramped up, and the last few pages brought the story to a train stopping finale.

And then came my niggles… Why didn’t she just walk away? The reasons given felt too flimsy. Being a doc, I understood the medical jargon, but so much was not needed to the plot. The subplots felt to be too unbelievable and farfetched. Even after he shoved her hand in boiling water, she sympathized with him a few pages later.

But then again, I have met a few women like this. I have been one who was happy in the tiny happy moments while forgetting the huge emotional abuse I went through in the rest of the time. Today, I could look back and call it an abuse. In those times, I thought I deserved it. Sighhh… Bad times.

Overall, an interesting book which a great final twist.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.






I should never have married him. I ignored the warnings. It’s what you do when you’re in love. Ignore what you don’t want to see.

My husband is everything I ever dreamed of. A handsome, successful doctor who swept me off my feet.

Our new life together is perfect.

He’s perfect.

But am I good enough for him? I never seem to get anything right. And I’m starting to feel a little afraid of the man I married.

He’s taken away my bank card and my phone. I don’t know what to think or what to do. I gave up everything for him and now I’m trapped.

Then a stranger comes to our door. She tells me that I can’t trust my husband.

That I should ask him what happened to his first wife.


Publication Date: November 2020

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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7 Responses

  1. I’m currently reading this one and wanting to give them both a kick in the keister for different reasons, but really desire to go all ninja assassin on that vile man!

  2. great review, but tough, tough read. domestic abuse–i can’t even read books about it. no, my CE is a wonderful, loving man. but i do have memories of my dad and the mornings my mother couldn’t get out of bed–the crying, screaming. AWFUL!! (and a hand into boiling water?? OMG)

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