A clever psychological, suspense thriller.
This is the author’s debut and it reminds me of the writing of B.A.Paris or Louise Candlish a bit. It even reminded me a little of one book in particular. I mostly enjoy their books as well.
The way it starts with Tess Clarke in the hospital (with a fuzzy memory) was very intriguing to me. My curiosity had the best of me and I had to know who stabbed her and where her eight year old son was. She was very concerned about his whereabouts and the police were waiting to interview her.
Really enjoyed the structure of inserting the police interviews and the chapters that described before her accident. The chapters were labeled as a countdown to her son, Jamie’s eighth birthday. There is some tension, some suspense and an emotional aspect that was thought provoking.
The ending was unpredictable.
I was guessing and had different theories throughout which would make this a great group read.
Looking forward to the author’s next book.
OUT August 13,2019
A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she’ll go to in order to keep him safe.
When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie’s eighth birthday, she’s sure of these things: She’s been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.
After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that’s what matters.
But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won’t listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.