Published by Bookouture on October 4th 2017
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If I am not mistaken, but I may be in the minority on this one – but this book failed to WOW me. I saw a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews for this and thought “YES!!!” but I felt let down. This book just felt bland to me. I did not really see it as a psychological thriller, maybe a mystery. I am the first to admit, I like a little grit with my mystery and maybe that is why I was not wowed but also because I found I really didn’t care much for the characters.
Rose blames herself for her brother’s death. She had a lot going on the day she was watching him. She had been in a horrible, controlling relationship with a manipulating older man who had become more and more controlling and scary. Her best friend/former best friend had been attacked and no one knows who attacked her.
Rose is watching her eight year old brother when she takes her eyes off him, he wanders off and is not found for 2 days…..
Now Rose is 34 and working in a library and helping out her lifelong next door neighbor. When he becomes ill, she finds something in his house. This “find” triggers her need to know the truth. A man was arrested and charged with her brother’s murder. But his “find” may change things. Could someone else be responsible for her brother’s death. Rose starts looking into the past and talking to those involved in the investigation in order to gain some closure.
The story is told both in the past and in the present day. As the story unfolds we learn about the events leading up to Billy’s disappearance and death. We meet all the players, we see how easily Rose was manipulated and controlled, we see how this affected her relationships and her self esteem, then we see Billy go missing. In the present day, we see Rose as an unmarried single woman. Her parents are dead and she is basically on her own. The the discovery turns her life upside down.
I found this book to be good not great. It wasn’t a page turner for me. One plus is that I thought I had the identity of the killer figured out. I was WRONG! There is a twist but one that failed to really WOW me. It seemed to come from left field and in all honestly, I think I would have liked the killer to have been someone else.
I received a copy of this book from Bookouture and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to them!