Even paradise has a dark side.
For struggling actress Emily Proudman, life in London is not working out as planned – in fact, it’s falling apart. So when she is offered a live-in job working for a wealthy family on their luxurious coastal property in France, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.
The estate is picture-perfect, and its owners exude charisma and sophistication. But as Emily gets to know the family, their masks begin to slip, and what at first appears to be a dream come true turns out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape – unless Emily can find a way to set them all free.
This is a very plausible plot and well written. With quite a bit of backstory, the placement is such that the flow remains unaffected; the pace increasing with the tension.
Set in France, descriptive elements of the story not overdone, but enough to get a good feel for the house and surrounding landscape.
Characters are well-formed. Their goals, motivations and conflicts playing out clearly on the page and justifying decisions made. Not so the child, who I found to be a bit abstract.
OVERALL FEELINGS ABOUT THE STORY
I really enjoyed the story and found myself drawn in and even anxious as the drama ramped up towards the end. I did anticipate the ending and Emily’s decisions.
NB: In reflection, I found the child’s lack of voice and the issues to be a little unbelievable. In saying that, it did not detract from my overall enjoyment.
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