5 / 5 Stars
Cleverly plotted - a superior thriller!
Thriller books in the ilk of Girl on the Train etc. aren't usually my bag, but this book was getting such solid reviews, I felt compelled to give it a go, and I'm glad I did!
The book is about Anna, an ex-child psychologist, who is also agoraphobic. Right from the start, it's established that something is 'off', and indeed, the mystery is as much about discovering what the heck's going on with her as it is about solving the murder.
She makes a habit of watching people from her window, and takes special interest in the new family across the road; a son called Ethan and his parents. Only thing is, she observes the mother get murdered, only to find out from the police that the woman never existed. Sinister stuff indeed.
There was plenty to love about this book. As with all good thrillers, it was fast-paced and engrossing, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Anna's past, when it is finally revealed, is genuinely heartbreaking - even though I predicted it from fairly early on, this didn't diminish my satisfaction at the revelation. The end I genuinely didn't see coming (always a nice treat!), and even when it did come, there were further twists that made it even more enjoyable to read.
Very good stuff - I'd recommend reading!
Please note, I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.