I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I first saw the cover on a shelf probably at least a year ago. Why I didn’t pick it up, I have no clue. Eventually, I had to have it. I read a few reviews, saw that most people thought it was pretty good, and figured it was finally time.
Long story short, I should’ve picked this one up ages ago.
For some reason I love domestic thrillers. There’s something so “close to home” about the relationship between the protagonist and antagonist and how they coexist that gets me. I swear, every review I write makes me out to be some sort of crazy person but the more insane and psychopathic the characters, the more I tend to love them. Make of that what you will.
The best thing about this book is that it’s not just one antagonist – at some point, everyone in the cast seems to play that role. It makes for a very interesting dynamic and one that was never at any point boring or predictable. I also found that at various points each character played a role where you felt a level of endearment toward them – any author that can make me both love and hate a character within the span of 400 pages is truly talented in my eyes.
What did I think?: Honestly, this is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time. I was impressed not just with the story but also the flow of writing and how the different perspectives didn’t feel clunky or irritating. I was left with cliff-hangers that kept me up well past my bedtime.
Who should read it?: If you enjoy thrillers and enjoy the unique relationships that can exist between characters that genuinely dislike one another, this is going to be a good choice for you. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you’re a fan of legal or courtroom dramas as it has enough of that to qualify but not enough that you feel bogged down in it.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.