Different. With plenty of strong points, this book captured my attention, as the characters tried to protect their private lives, the only way that they knew how. As the story kept building and building, something felt off as I read. Perhaps it was me, perhaps it was my own expectations that were getting in the way but I felt that the tempo of this story was off. Overall, I did enjoy the book, the story was captivating and I loved how all the twists worked and made my head spin.
Secrets and lies, what a combination and one to keep you on your toes. I enjoyed how the plot thicken as the story progressed. The story starts off with a flashback and then, the narration progresses forward. This short flashback is important as it sets the stage for one of the main characters. Just when I thought the story couldn’t get any deeper, something else is thrown into the pot and more events unfolded. I loved all the different reveals and how the author took the time to slowly introduce them. The connection to events and items in the story was nicely done and like a puzzle, they all fit together. I felt like at times, I was siding with one of the characters and then, I would learn something else and I would change my mind. I just didn’t know which end was up sometimes.
What I had a difficult time with while reading this novel, was the energy level in the book. There were some excellent twists in this book and based on these developments, I was expecting this book to become more tense or more dramatic as time continued. Some of these twists were pretty intense! Yet, I didn’t feel that way as I read it. I don’t know, perhaps I was expecting too much or again, it was just me. I did enjoy the book but I felt it was missing this intensity. It’s like hearing that music from the Jaws movie and expecting something exciting or intense to occur. The ending of the book, I didn’t really care for that part either.
I think this was a good read, it contained lots of twists and interesting characters. The story kept me on my toes and I look forward to reading more from this author. 3.75 stars
Subject matter: rape, death, alcoholism,
Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Adele Parks, and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest opinion.