No. of pages:- 403 pages
Date published:- March 8th 2018
Genre:- Psychological Thriller
Rating:- 3/5 stars
The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
Who do you believe?
One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.
Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents’ deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger?
Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie . . .
This is the third book I have read of Clare Mackintosh, and I have yet to still read her latest book, the Hostage.
Plot:- Tom Johnson committed suicide by jumping out of the cliff. Few months later, his wife, Caroline follows the same suit. But now, a year later, their only daughter, Anna Johnson receives a note, claiming that her parents didn’t commit suicide but were murdered. And as Anna hands over the case to a retired CID officer, Murray, someone doesn’t really want Anna to know the truth.
It will be better to lie than to tell the truth.
Writing:- Unlike her first book, I Let You Go which actually prompted me to read all the books written by this author, this was a slow burner and a bit of a disappointment. The story started out slow and at times it was boring. The story is told mainly from the perspectives of Anna and Murray with an extract from a mysterious person who wants Anna to stop digging. I found some unnecessary parts in Murray’s part but it was OK. However, towards the middle of the book, the story started developing and soon, it became unexpected twists and turns like cat and mouse chase. It was by the end of the book that I got hooked into the story. The ending was confusing to me a bit but I am not sure if it was just me.
Overall, compared to Clare Mackintosh’s previous books, this was a bit of a disappointment. But that doesn’t mean I won’t stop reading more books from this author–worth three stars!
With over 2 million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, which was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Both Clare’s second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her thrillers were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and together have been translated into forty languages. After the End was published in 2019 and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, and in 2021 Hostage flew straight into the top ten. Together, her books have spent more than sixty weeks in The Sunday Times bestseller lists.
Clare is patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.