Author: Sue Watson
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 318 pages
Release Date: 11 October 2018
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.
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’?
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I feel like I need to start this review by saying this book has some truly amazing characters. They are really diverse and complicated individuals which when all added together in a story really makes for some quite gripping reading!
Marianne our main character seems on the face of it to have it all. She’s married to a wealthy successful heart surgeon, is the mother to three great kids and lives in a fantastic home which sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place on the pages of a magazine. However, she didn’t have the best start in life, her mother suffered with severe mental health and sadly took her own life leaving Marianne to discover her lifeless in the bath. Understandably this has had some knock on effects for Marianne and she takes medication to control her dark thoughts.
Marianne’s husband Simon again appears on the face of it to be a wonderful man. But it becomes very clear early on that he is an emotional abuser to the highest level. He is constantly putting Marianne down and belittling her. I felt so sorry for Marianne and I wished more than anything that I could have befriended her when she so clearly needed a friend the most to help her through and tell her she wasn’t crazy like Simon would have her believe.
Simon is a truly detestable character and I haven’t felt that much hate for a character in a long time. Every page I turned showed new lows that he would steep to and every chapter I wanted nothing more than to give Marianne a hug.
The first half of this book really sets the scene for how the marriage between Simon and Marianne operates and the second half is where it really gets interesting. I had some vague suspicions about where I thought the book was leading but I did not see the twist coming at the end and I thought this was very well played by the author.
This book is very much emotional abuse and if that is a trigger for you or not something you would like to read about then this is not a book for you.
This is a very well written and cleverly plotted book and I believe this genre is a new step for this author outside what she usually writes. I really hope she continues and provides us readers with more books in this category and I was hooked with this one and would love to see what she brings us next!
About 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.
For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/
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