Released:18 February 2020
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (3.5 Stars)
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Fiction
‼️THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS‼️
This is my first read by Mary Kubica and I must say I was impressed. When I first started the book, I didn’t think I would finish because it started off kind of slow and boring for me, but it definitely picked up faster than I expected. So let’s get into what this book is about.
Sadie, her husband Will and their two sons (Otto and Tate) leave the city of Chicago behind to move to a small town in Maine after the death of Will’s sister. Once they move to Maine, they take on the responsibility of also caring for Will’s 16 year old niece, Imogen. Once they are officially settled into their new home and things begin to seem normal again for them, there is a murder in their neighborhood. Since this isn’t too long after the death of Will’s sister, the murder of Morgan Baines, shakes the neighborhood and Officer Berg is determined to find her killer.
Let me start off by saying this, I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters and I didn’t really find myself liking any character specifically, but the story itself is what kept me reading. While reading you get to hear the stories of three characters: Sadie, Camille and Mouse.
Sadie is a doctor who has her own issues. She’s still dealing with the after effects of Will having an affair and hasn’t seemed to found a away to trust him since. Camille is Sadie’s former roommate, the other woman and someone who is obsessed with Sadie. Mouse is a young girl who deals with the abuse of her step mother that she calls “Fake Mom”.
Imogen is Will’s niece. She seems to have a really dark personality, very angry, and it’s obvious she is just a girl who is hurt from her mother’s death and hasn’t gotten the help she needs to get through that difficult time.
Otto is Sadie and Will’s 14 year old son who has had issues in the past with classmates bullying him and eventually he decides to bring a knife to school to defend himself. This becomes part of the reason why they leave Chicago.
Sadie is the main character/narrator and you will quickly learn that she becomes slightly obsessed with Morgan’s murder. Not only that, but she also Officer Berg’s #1 suspect.
While reading, there are many twists and turns. You will be able to figure out most, but some you may not catch until the very end. I personally felt the ending was kind of rushed and I someone couldn’t find the “mystery” believable, but I did still find this book very entertaining to read.
Have you read this book? What did you think?