Synopsis: Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.
Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?
Kat’s Rating: 5/5 … maybe even 6/5
Kat’s Review: Wow! Read this in just over one day and didn’t want to put it down. I only read my first CS book back in June 2015 (That Night) and since then have read Those Girls and I loved both of them. As soon as I saw this I wanted to get stuck in but had no idea how quickly I would be drawn in. Linsey Nash is married to Andrew and the first part of the book explores their early years and the descent into abuse by her husband who I learned to loathe pretty much from the start. Linsey has a daughter Sophie and a lot of what goes on, it’s clear is allowed to happen due to the threat of something happening to her, and leaving her daughter without a Mother. The writing and descriptions of Linsey’s home life are very dark and sinister and set the mood for the book.
We then fast forward and see Linsey and her daughter Sophie moving on with their life. However, when news filters through that Andrew has been released from prison the years fall away and Linsey is gripped with the fear she had become accustomed to in her early days from her marriage. You can literally feel the fear rolling off the pages and it makes for an incredibly tense read. Linsey is determined to move on but everything has now changed and although she is fighting for her safety and independence she cannot shake the feeling of being watched and followed.
Sophie, the daughter also has her own part to play in this book and as her own secrets are revealed the book becomes more involved and to be frank I ended up suspecting anybody that wasn’t a woman to be a potential suspect in becoming a danger to both Linsey and Sophie. The magical thing about this book is that it lulled me into a false sense of security and then the ending was just super exciting! Although the subject of abuse (domestic/verbal/physical) seems to be cropping up in many books I have read lately, this lady shows how it’s really done. There were moments my skin was crawling, and others where I would unconsciously feel a little bit wary. That level of skill to draw a reader in that much is something I absolutely love. I devoured this book and have no doubt this will make it to my top ten list for the coming year. Massively recommended, and I for one will be adding all of her unread books to my ‘to-read’ list.