Pub Date: May 2, 2021
Hadley thought she’d left the past behind. But now it’s found her.
Hadley is one of those rare people who feels she’s living the perfect life. She has a husband she loves, a charming daughter, and a job that is deeply fulfilling. Sometimes it almost seems like a fairytale.
Then, little by little, things start to go wrong. There’s the creepy guy from down the street who keeps staring at her teenage daughter, there’s the strangely needy woman who moves in next door…
Just little wrinkles, but then Hadley’s world is turned upside down when someone close to her is murdered. And Hadley begins to suspect that the killing is linked to something from her own past. A terrible secret she has never shared with anyone…
As she digs deeper, Hadley realises there is someone out there who knows what she did, someone who is planning to take her perfect life – and turn it into a perfect nightmare.
There was not much to like about this book. The characters had no depth to them so I never felt very engaged in the story, and as the book went on I failed to catch any hint of suspense or thrill. The Clementine and Camille chapters came off as irrelevant and out of place. I found myself needing to consider what the point of them were which took me out of the story. From the beginning it’s obvious who the killer is and what’s even more obvious are the pains the author put into trying to create an alternative killer. The character of Faith seemed implausibly ridiculous and the main character Hadley was too naive to be real. This book was an easy read but it was wordy, unbelievable, and lacked energy. Its saving grace was the epilogue, I wish the whole book had that same tenacity.
Thank you Netgalley and Inkubator Books for providing a free copy in exchange for my honest review.