Louise is a divorced single mum working as a receptionist at a psychiatrist’s practice. She’s found it hard being a singleton again so on a rare night out it was a pleasant surprise to really connect with a stranger in a bar. It doesn’t go any further than a kiss but it was such a thrill to feel wanted again.
At work on Monday she is introduced to her new boss, David. The stranger from the bar. The married stranger from the bar. Accompanied by his slim and very beautiful wife Louise wonders why he was hitting on her.
When Louise bumps into Adele while she is dropping off her son at his school she feels sorry for her and agrees to go for a coffee. New in town and in need of a friend Adele seems very sweet and is a devoted wife to David.
Louise is torn between her feelings for David and the picture that Adele is starting to paint of him – a controlling man who likely married her for her money. Drawn further into the disturbing relationship between the couple Louise soon begins to realise the true extent of the secrets between these two and that she has put herself in real danger by continuing a relationship with each of them.
Sarah Pinborough is a master at this type of suspenseful drama – check out her 2015 novel The Death House – and although I was expecting the mother of all twists I truly never saw that ending coming! #WTFthatending I had to read the last couple of chapters twice just to make sure it had really happened! There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book but it is truly deserved, a fantastic thriller that makes your skin crawl just thinking about it.
Supplied by Net Galley and Harper Collins UK in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Jan 26 2017. 384 pages.
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