on January 1st 1970
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I didn’t see that coming! Seriously, did anyone see that coming???????
Daphne and Heath appear to be the perfect couple. But appearance can be deceiving. They have secrets – both of them. Daphne doesn’t like to talk about her past neither does Heath. They have this in common. Both live in the present while making plans for their future together. However, Health is having nightmares – nightmares which are getting worse. One day Health suggests they go on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist who Health feels can help him (and Daphne if she wishes to participate). Daphne is reluctant to attend the retreat but agrees to go to support Health. The retreat is in a remote location and they are asked to turn over their cell phones and not speak to the other couples at the retreat. They are instructed that the rules are in place to help retreat participants focus on the work they will be doing at the retreat with the psychologist, Dr. Cerny.
This is one of those books where I thought I had it figured out. I thought how clever am I? I know how this is going to play out! How wrong I was! BTW, I love when I am wrong about the plot or shall I say the BIG reveal. I love when an Author can weave a tale which surprises me. Emily Carpenter definitely surprised me with this book. It is safe to say that she is the clever one!
The setting of this book was perfect – remote location, no phones, isolation, etc. You just know that this book is going to have a creepy- something is not right- vibe from the setting alone. What secrets do these two people have? That is the question which keeps the pages turning. I love how the plot unfolded and secrets were revealed. This book has layers. I really appreciated how the reader is shown a scene early in the book, one which will come back and into play later in the book. Again, I thought “I did not see that coming!”
This was a dark and intriguing read. I would not call it scary as much as it is dark and has that creepy, something-is-not-right-vibe to it. Whether you like the characters or not, they are all interesting and deliver what they need to deliver to keep this book interesting. Emily Carpenter pulled off all the twists and turns in this book brilliantly.
Emily Carpenter stated that this book was her love letter to another Author. I won’t say who that other Author is, as I do not want to give away any spoilers, or have readers draw conclusions as to how this story will play out based upon the Author who inspired this book!
I received a copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.