Author: Ali Knight
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 352 pages
Release Date: 1 November 2018 (ebook)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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.
Maggie is a husband watcher. A snooper, a marriage doctor, a killer of happy-ever-afters. She runs her own private detective agency specialising in catching out those who cheat. And she’s very good at it. Until Helene walks through her door.
Helene is a husband catcher. A beautiful wife, a doting stepmother, a dazzling presence at parties. She counts herself lucky to have married one of the most eligible men in town – Gabe Moreau. Until she sees something that threatens her little family of three.
Alice is a perfect daughter. Apple of her father’s eye, a kind stepchild to Helene, a tragic daughter of a dead mother. She lives a sheltered but happy life. Until she finds a handwritten note on her father’s desk: ‘You owe me. I’m not going away.’
All three women suspect Gabe Moreau of keeping secrets and telling lies. But not one of them suspects that the truth could result in murder . . .
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As the synopsis suggests, this books centres around three women who all in one way or another are connected to the charming and wealthy Gabe Moreau. We start with Maggie, who is a deeply flawed character running her own private investigator business spending her days snooping around in others peoples affairs primarily trying to catch cheating husbands doing the dirty. Maggie’s past has a lot to do with how she has ended up doing what she does but don’t find out until much later on the background to her colourful past.
Helene witnesses an encounter between her husband Gabe and an unknown woman and unwilling to sit by and potentially have her life torn apart, she hires Maggie to get to the bottom of things. Helene is another character though where she is not what she seems and there is a lot more under the surface than is first portrayed.
Alice comes across as the innocent bystander in all of this. She is Gabe’s daughter, and Helene’s step-daughter, and for the most part just seems to be an ordinary teenager. How ordinary can a young woman be though when your father runs a multi-million pound company?
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your typical wife scorned psychological thriller. There are lots of secrets and lots of things these characters would rather keep under wraps. The story is told in reverse with each chapter being told from either Maggie, Helene or Alice’s point of view. It works backward towards a particular day when everything becomes clear and all the secrets are revealed. I found this a really clever way to tell the story as you know the plot is working back towards something but you don’t know what until the final chapters.
I have to say, the last few chapters were a complete whirlwind, and just when I thought the final twist had been revealed I was shocked yet again when more shocking truths were uncovered and more devastating actions were taken. Towards the end I literally couldn’t put it down.This was the first book I have read by this author and the way she created suspense throughout means this will definitely not be the last I read of her work. Thoroughly recommend for all psychological thriller fans.
About the Author
Ali Knight is the author of psychological thrillers Wink Murder, named by the Independent as ‘One of their best commercial reads of 2011,’ The First Cut, ‘One of the top ten crime books to take on holiday,’ according to the Telegraph and Until Death, ‘Pacey and disquieting,’ said the Sunday Mirror. Her latest book, The Silent Ones, is out in paperback on January 28th.
Before writing books, Ali worked as a sub-editor and journalist on several national newspapers, including the Guardian and the Observer and she also set up websites for the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard.
She grew up in Bedford with an American father and an English mother and lives in London with her family and a psychotic cat. She loves reading, writing, playing tennis and eating pasta.
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