Published by Viking on October 16th 2018
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“Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again.”
Now that is how you grip a reader from the very first sentence!
A young woman, who shall remain nameless, meets Max, a wealthy politician and widower when he charters a boat form the company where she is employed in the Cayman Islands. After a whirlwind romance, she decides to turn down a job promotion and travels with Max to his home on Long Island. The home, Asherley, is opulent and the grounds are lush. She and Max are engaged, and she hopes to embrace a new life as Mrs. Winters with her new husband. But of course, there are obstacles – his teenage daughter, Dani who is less than impressed that her father is engaged and the presence of Rebekah, Max’s ex-wife. No, there are no ghosts in this novel, but Rebekah’s presence is felt all over the house. Rebekah decorated the home, her clothes are still there, Dani keeps her Mother’s pictures up and even the staff keep bringing up the first Mrs. Winters in conversation.
Soon it becomes obvious that there is some tension between Dani and her Max. Is Dani just a rebellious teenager who is still dealing with the shock and loss of her Mother? Is Max the perfect loving father he appears to be? Max is often busy pursuing his political aspirations which leaves Dani and the soon to be (new)Mrs. Winters alone to interact with each other.
Family secrets, tension, rebellion, lies, political aspirations run throughout this book. I realized at the very end that the new Mrs. Winters is never given a name. I do not want to say too much about this book or the plot as I feel readers should go into this book knowing as little as possible. The description is correct, this book is riveting. I LOVED that I could not figure this book out!!! The Author does a brilliant job of giving the reader little bits and pieces of information which are not only riveting but also are there so the reader comes up with what he/she believes is happening in this book…. but will those assumptions and guesses be correct?? Mine were not!! I LOVE when a book surprises me. I read most of this book in one sitting – or shall I say, I devoured it. After the new, second, Mrs. Winters moved into Asherley Estate things really kicked into high gear for me. Dani alone is a very interesting character!
As the revelations began to unfold, I was on the edge of my seat, flipping the pages as fast as I could to learn all the dirty secrets of the Winters’s family.
Thank you to Viking and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own!