A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Normally when there is a lot a hype about a book I tend to shy away from it because I’ve been disappointed in the past. I was drawn to the cover on NetGalley and I loved synopsis, so when I started reading lots of glowing spoiler free reviews I realised it was time to pick it up and discover the story for myself.
Was I disappointed? Did it live up to the hype?
I absolutely loved the first half of this book, getting to know the main characters, Vanessa and Nellie. I flew through these chapters, not wanting to do anything at all except discover more about them, and how they ended up in their current circumstances. I loved everything about Nellie but only felt sorry for Vanessa, finding her rather annoying. I was very confused by the end of part one, but was determined to keep reading, and make sense of the rest of it.
I was still gripped by the plot and the character development, and there were some good twists and turns but, I must confess I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It wasn’t as shocking or as surprising as I expected.
I would still recommend it if you love psychological thrillers, as it’s clever and I loved the way the different characters developed throughout the book.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my digital copy.