Published by Gallery Books on March 22nd 2016
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Received from NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books in exchange for an honest review.
Aubrey’s husband has been missing for five years and one day at work she receives a letter from her Mother in Law informing her that she has had her son, and Aubrey’s husband, declared legally dead and that she will be contesting the life insurance policy in which Aubrey is the beneficiary.
Five years earlier, Aubrey and Josh are heading to a Bachelor/Bachelorette parties held in the same hotel. They arrive late after getting in a car accident. Aubrey says goodbye to her husband and never sees him again. As she and his best friend search for him, they find blood in Josh and Aubrey’s home and Aubrey is arrested. She must sell their home in order to pay for her defense. A defense in which her Mother in Law testifies against her.
This book is told through various characters in this book: Aubrey, Josh, Chase and Daisy. The book does go back and forth through time. The Author lets us know which narrator is telling the story and how long ago this information/story took place. Through the story telling, we learn that Aubrey and Josh have been together since they were children. Daisy, Josh’s Mother, has never approved. As the story unravels, we learn that things are not always as they seem and characters are not always accurate in their storytelling. I have to say, I loved this about the book. The story sucked me in and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. Will Aubrey move on with her life? Will she find happiness again with Chase? Is Josh Alive? Is Josh Dead? What really happened the night he disappeared? I couldn’t wait to find out these answers. The book started slowly then started to pick up steam. I wanted to keep reading and reading and then…the BIG reveal.
This book has twists and turns, a reveal, and for me a little bit of a let down. I was on my way to giving this book a solid 4 stars but the ending left me feeling flat. I guess I was hoping for something different. I felt a little let down in then end. It was still a very enjoyable book. I still keep turning and turning the pages, so to speak, but at the end, I felt myself saying “Come on” and “Really”. I can’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away. I think this is a good book for book-clubs as I would love to discuss this book and particularly the ending with someone else who has read it. There is a lot to discuss about this book.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very worthwhile read. A psychological thriller/mystery. Great for Book Clubs.