“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out — and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.
Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date — one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.
Clara and Nick’s life totally consumed me and I felt for them both.
My only negative (and it is tiny) is the way Clara talks herself into some terrible states, but it’s understandable from a narrative structure point of view (as it is told in first person, which did make me relate to her and care about her and feel her grief).
There is some very powerful imagery, especially early on in the book. Then it ramps up to be more of a mystery – and I do love a good mystery. The way the author chose to write the story from alternating perspectives is fantastic and had me wondering all the way through the book just when and how the two events would collide. Such an intricate plot in many ways and all the threads were tied up in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to readers of general and women’s fiction.
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Published by Harlequin (Australia). TEEN / MIRA