Last night I dreamt about the past for the first time in years. I thought I was over it. I thought I’d finally learned to block it out. But I’m right back there, all over again, inside the house. The room is dark, the corners black with shadow. Then, the scream…
When Louise Taylor is hit by a car as she cycles home in the rain following a fight with her boyfriend, she’s left hurt, frightened and confused. And worse, something tells her it wasn’t an accident.
Housebound in her cramped apartment while she recovers, flashbacks to her traumatic childhood begin to resurface, threatening her hard-won self-control. Desperate to keep busy and distract herself, she hires Edward – a friend of a friend – to repaint her shabby living room and, hopefully, keep the past at bay.
But when Edward arrives – quiet, considerate and handsome – Lou instantly feels like they’ve met before, that she can trust him. Tired of carrying the guilt alone after all these years, Lou tells Edward her secret. And to her surprise, he doesn’t pull away. He doesn’t gasp, or grimace or preach about what she did. And Lou is so relieved to finally be free of this burden at last.
Until she learns that Edward has a secret of his own. One he’s been waiting a very, very long time to tell…
No. of pages- 278 pages
Date published:- will be published on 17th August 2021
Rating:- 3/5 stars
Genre:- Psychological Thriller
Having read Jill Childs’ The Mistress book, I was excited to read her next novel as I enjoyed reading her other novel.
Louise a travel journalist has a bike accident. While at recovering at home, through a friend, she meets Ed Spencer, a former veteran who served in Afghanistan through another friend. Louise has a feeling that the accident wasn’t just an accident but that someone else had wanted to kill her. Louise and Ed develop friendship with each other and soon, Louise confides him a dark secret she has been hiding for many years. And Ed too has his own secrets.
Though the book started slow, it picked up its momentum by the middle of the book. The plot line of the story was interesting and the story is mainly told from the perspectives of Louise and through the middle of the book, was told from the perspective of Ed, sharing his time in Afghanistan, so it was interesting to get into the character’s head to see what they think of each other. Though it is not fast paced, there were some twists. The ending was completely unexpected and baffled me that I actually did not expect that type of ending! What a twisted ending it was!
Overall, it was a good thriller book–not fast paced but it will keep you hooked until the end. Worth three stars!
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC–the review is based completely on my honest opinion.
Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.