Author: Sheryl Browne
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 328 pages
Release Date: 10 August 2018
My Rating: ****
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This story is told from multiple points of view with the main focus on Alicia, her husband Justin, and their teenage daughter Sophie.
The family, together with their newborn son head out in the car and are are involved in an awful car accident which tragically the son does not survive from. The family struggle to cope and communicate with each other and matters are made worse when at their sons funeral an old colleague of Alicia’s turns up causing Justin to become suspicious of their involvement with each other.
The family suffer yet another blow when Sophie runs away and her parents can’t make contact with her.
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This has been a really challenging review to write as it’s difficult to describe the book without giving away too many spoilers. Let’s just say, you’ll find yourself questioning like I did, what you would do if you were in Alicia’s situation, would you make the same choices she did and how far would you go for the sake of your family.
It’s very obvious from the title of this book that an affair has taken place in some way, shape, or form. What is not obvious at the beginning of the book, and doesn’t actually become apparent until near the end, is how all the other lies surrounding the affair tie in. Very little is given away about the particulars of the affair and as a reader I was left wondering if perhaps things aren’t quite as clear cut as they may seem.
This book is well written and it was very easy to get caught up in the story and just want to continue reading until the end. The emotion the characters experienced and how this is expressed through the authors writing is gut-wrenching. You can’t help but read and put yourself in the characters shoes. I found myself sympathising with Alicia and feeling distraught for Justin as one thing after another seems to go wrong for him.
I love the cover of this book. I don’t usually comment on covers in my reviews but this one is particularly eye-catching with the specific shade of blue that has been chosen. If I had seen this book cover on a shelf it would make me want to walk over and pick it up to read the blurb on the back.
This book covers a lot; lies, tragic loss, love, and family bonds when they are put to the ultimate test. This was the first book from this author that I had read and i’m pleased to hear that she has a three book deal with Bookotoure and I look forward to her next release.
About the Author
Sheryl Browne writes powerful psychological thrillers and contemporary fiction. She is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. To find out more about Sheryl’s novels, go to http://www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author/ or follow @SherylBrowne on Twitter. To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com
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