company, a rakish, handsome boyfriend with whom she falls more in love with every day—and a chance at the happy family she’s always wanted, adorable niece included. The only obstacle standing in her way is her boyfriend’s sister Charlotte, whose attitude swerves between politely cold and outright hostile. Rebuffing Ruth’s every attempt to build a friendship with her and Daisy, Charlotte watches over her daughter with a desperate protectiveness that sends chills down Ruth’s spine. Ruth knows that Charlotte has a deeply-buried secret, the only question is: what? A surprise outing with Daisy could be the key to finding out, and Ruth knows she must take the chance while she has it—for everyone’s sake.
As the two women follow each other down a chilling rabbit hole, unearthing winding paths of deceit, lies, and trauma, a family and a future will be completely—and irrevocably—shattered.
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Release Date: April 7, 2020
Actual Rating: 3 stars
I feel like I may be generous in giving this book 3 stars. However, I think the story has good parts along with problematic parts which is why I'm staying neutral with my rating.
My first thoughts after finishing this book is that it was dull. I expected a bit more of a buildup in terms of the kidnapping and some feelings of suspense, but I never got these impressions. Perhaps if the kidnapper didn’t have her own POV it would have felt more intriguing but because she did the suspenseful aspects were missing. Secondly, I felt the lead up to the twist (which was presented about halfway through the book) was slow. It dragged on at a snail’s pace and I almost stopped reading. Once the twist was shown things took a turn and started to speed up. The chapters got shorter, the “waters got choppier” and the reveals got exciting. I don’t read a lot of books where mental illness plays a role in characters motives (this is not a spoiler as I’m not say who is mentally ill and as a reader you won’t know WHO it is until it’s revealed anyway), but I like how Darcey Bell used this technique in the story. Some readers won’t care for it and that’s fine, but it IS one of the things I liked about the it.
The second thing that bothered me a bit were the characters. None of them were remotely likable. Some authors can pull this off while others shouldn’t bother unless they add some semblance of likability in the story. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen here. The only character I liked a little bit was Daisy and she was the kid so… That tells you something.
The third thing that perturbed me was the twist that Charlotte was hiding. Darcey threw in a major curve ball with her character and NEVER finished it. It seems like such a huge part of the story, yet it went nowhere INSIDE the story. I was confused and feeling aggravated about it. Readers who have read the book will know what I mean. I won’t say because I don’t want to spoil it for potential readers but be warned that there are no satisfactory answers for it.
Finally, the ending was so ABRUPT. I was reading and then BAM it was over. There was so much left unsaid and left me feeling like I read the book for nothing. I need SOME answers when reading thrillers like this and was left with feelings of confusion. How does it end? What will they do? Etc. Some readers may like books that are fairly open ended but that is NOT me. I need clear, concise answers.
Now, I don’t want my whole book to be a major bashing of the book because it’s not deplorable by any means. Instead, it’s just not MY cup of tea. Some of the things I did like (which kept me reading despite my issues with it) were the fact that mental illness plays a role in character actions and motivations, the plot was an overall catchy one, the book can easily be read in one sitting if you have the time and interest in it, and Darcey Bell is quite a writer. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future even though this wasn’t a favorite of mine.
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