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Wowza, a twisted story indeed. A few characters, two to begin with, Jen and Rhonda, and their friendship started off this book, when the plotline steadily moved in such convoluted ways that I was left unsure about what I knew and what I would come to know ahead.
A trickle of adrenaline started flowing as author Samantha Hayes used all her wily ways to keep me confused. That was not fair. I like knowing I am right. Well, that didn’t happen here. I tell ya, these authors of Bookouture are a cunning lot.
The book started with recently widowed Jen not knowing the truth about a dark night. And her best friend Rhonda too was hiding something. Then came the dark tendrils of past winding into the present. And the book turned over itself, right about halfway through..
The writing was slow to begin with, but slowly the atmosphere became dark as the sense of impending danger increased. And continued on till the last page. Layered, well-written, though slightly outside the believability realm, but with many twists, the book was quite entertaining.
AMAZON USA: https://amzn.to/2YGblNG
AMAZON UK: https://amzn.to/3928JM8
My family gathers around the large oak table in our beautifully renovated home. I’ve put on a dress and lit candles, and there’s a wonderful aroma coming from the dinner you’ve so lovingly prepared. I feel your hand squeeze mine as you top up my glass and ask about my day as a doctor in our small town. It’s the perfect domestic scene, except for one tiny fact: I think my husband is dead, and you are just another patient of mine…
I had no choice but to let you in. If I laugh at your jokes and run my fingers through your hair, maybe I can delete the photos on your phone and find the truth about the night I can’t remember, just before my husband left on the trip he never returned from. Perhaps my son and I will have a chance at a normal life again.
But as I carefully piece together the shards of what really happened that fateful night, only one thing can possibly be true: everyone is lying, even me…
Publication Date: September 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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