Author: Sarah J Naughton
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Murder Mystery
Format: Paperback 304 pages
Release Date: 9 August 2018
Publisher: Orion Publishing
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.
A dark, twisty psychological thriller set in paradise
Asha wakes up in a Vietnamese hospital; she has been left for dead on the holiday of a lifetime after a trip to the picturesque So Den caves.
We flashback to her fairytale wedding with Ollie, where a mystery guest puts in motion a change of events that will lead to murder.
Unable to come to terms with the police’s version of events, Asha returns to the scene of the crime. She remembers that there was another couple during the night of the murder. And the killer is still out there…
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Asha and Ollie have recently married and set off on what by most people’s accounts would be a dream honeymoon to an exclusive resort in Vietnam. The cracks begin to show very early on with the lack of martial relations and the fact that Ollie seems to want to spend more time with the other couples holidaying in the resort than with Asha, his new wife.
Ollie starts to act really strangely and the more Asha thinks back to during their wedding she realises that this is not the first time he has shown behaviour like this.
The book is told primarily from Asha’s point of view over three different time periods, during their wedding, during their honeymoon, and after she wakes up in the Vietnamese hospital. Despite there being three different timelines the book is very easy to follow and at no point was I lost or wondering which time frame I was reading in.
Asha is a really likeable character. She comes from a humble background and has clawed her way in to an enviable lifestyle with Ollie who is a rich banker from a wealthy family. Despite the newfound wealth Asha finds herself with she still seems as if she prefers the simple things in life.
The story is very well plotted out and I found myself suspicious of all the various characters introduced throughout the book. Trust no one! The conclusion where I found out all the answers to all my burning questions I had throughout the book came about in a manner I really wasn’t expecting.
This was a great, unpredictable, well thought out read and I thoroughly recommend to any reader who likes to be kept on the edge of their seat.
About the Author
Sarah worked as an advertising copywriter for ten years before her first book was published in 2013. A supernatural thriller for teens, The Hanged Man Rises (Simon and Schuster) was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards. A second thriller for teens, The Blood List (Simon and Schuster) came out in 2014. Her first adult thriller, Tattletale (Trapeze) is due out in March 2017.
Sarah lives in London with her husband and two sons.
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