Author: Cass Green
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 336 pages
Release Date: 6 September 2018
My Rating: ****
I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror.
The USA Today and Sunday Times top ten bestselling author returns with a dark and twisty psychological thriller.
She saved your life.
When Nina almost dies during a disastrous blind date, her life is saved by a waitress called Angel. But later that evening, Nina is surprised by a knock on the door. It’s Angel – and she’s pointing a gun at her.
Now she’ll make you pay.
Minutes later, Angel’s younger brother Lucas turns up, covered in blood shielding a stolen newborn baby in his arms. Nina is about to endure the longest night of her life – a night that will be filled with terror and lead her to take risks she would never have believed herself capable of…
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This story starts out with our main protagonist Nina struggling with the break up of her marriage but trying to jump back on the horse by dipping her toe in the dating pool. She meets a man at a coffee shop for a blind date and overcome with boredom from her potential suitor starts choking on an olive. A helpful waitress saves the day by rescuing Nina to which she feels eternally grateful. Nina definitely did not expect to see the waitress again so soon after if at all.
The waitress, named rather ironically as Angel, turns up soaking wet at Ninas door in the middle of the night claiming she needs help. Nina feeling a certain sense of needing to repay the favour allows Angel into her home and offers her a fresh set of clothes.
After a time, thinking that Angel has out stayed her welcome and offer of hospitality Nina tries to get Angel to move on, the last thing she was expecting was for Angel to pull a gun on her. Things go from bad to worse and this is a classic example of ‘wrong place wrong time’ – if only Nina hadn’t been in the restaurant where Angel worked maybe none of this would have happened.
There are three main characters to this story: Nina, Angel and Angel’s brother. Each chapter gives us some insight into how each character is dealing with the situation and I love when books are told in this way. I really feel writing in this way allows us to experience the story from all angles, in this case from the hostage point of view and the hostage takers.
The suspense throughout this book is immense, I could almost feel the drama through the pages of the book. Not quite knowing how stable Angel or her brother really are and what they were capable of created for a quite dramatic ride. Throughout the unease I got the distinct impression that there was more to this story than meets the eye. I was not disappointed and by the end of the book I realised that there was actually a completely different story to be told than the one I first thought I was getting into.
Nina is a really likeable character. She’s already suffering from the breakdown of her marriage and struggling to deal with the fact that her husband has moved on to a younger model. This coupled with the fact that she has to get her head round the idea of sharing her child who she absolutely dotes on is no easy task for Nina. You already feel sympathy for her from the start and when Angel turns up at her house you think ‘why can’t the poor woman just get a break?’
She deals with the situation very admirably though, keeping her cool, and trying to placate Angel and her brother as best she can. All the way through reading I kept thinking how would I act if god forbid I ever found myself in similar circumstances. Nina is a character you can really get behind and I was hoping all the way through that she would triumph and come out the other side.
As I said earlier, there is much more to this story than first meets the eye. The plot takes a complete turn and sends the reader in a different direction to the one you first think you’re setting out on. The author wrote this story very well indeed and for anyone who loves psychological thrillers this will definitely be a book for you.
About the Author
Cass Green is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers and an award-winning writer of fiction for young people under the name Caroline Green. Her first novel for adults, The Woman Next Door, was a No.1 ebook bestseller, while the follow-up, In a Cottage in a Wood, was a USA Today bestseller and a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. She is the writer in residence at East Barnet School and teaches courses in Writing for Children at City University and Crime Fiction at City Lit. She lives in London with her family.
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