Written by Sue Watson
Marianne has a life others dream of.
A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop.
Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?
Very Clever Concept, Expertly Executed!
If you enjoy a book which demands and deserves your complete and undivided attention – look no further!
Marianne was brought up in foster care after the suicide of her mother and although the memories and the pain still linger, nowadays she has a smart, handsome, surgeon husband and three beautiful children. Marianne devotes herself to family life and with the holidays, regular flower deliveries and the most beautiful house in town she is the envy of the neighbourhood. That is, until Simon’s voice lingers on another woman’s name, stirring up suspicion and muddled thoughts in his wife’s mind . . .
This is a gripping novel. Plenty of suspense and oodles of doubt all add up to an extraordinary read. I kept changing direction with where my sympathy lay due to some very smart writing and more than once I wasn’t quite sure who to believe – or discount. I will admit to guessing what was going to happen in the end (possibly because I was so invested in this one), but that in no way took away from the fact that this is a cracking read; I was more astonished to have got it right – not like me at all! I went to sleep last evening with this story rolling around my brain and it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up; at that point I still had an hour’s reading and had no idea where it was all heading. A very clever concept, expertly executed with a cast of completely believable characters all add up to one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read recently. It seems this is a change of direction for this author, and she has definitely found her niche. Full five glowing stars!
My thanks to Bookouture for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1338 KB
- Print Length: 347 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture
- Publication Date: 11 October 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.
She’s now written thirteen novels – many involving cake – and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for research purposes), and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.
Sue explored the darker side of life for her latest book ‘Our Little Lies,’ a dark, psychological thriller completely devoid of cake. She’s hoping this change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.