If you’re looking for a book full of twists, turns, surprises, and questions, this is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing throughout.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Book

From the author of The Things I Didn’t Do: She never reported the men who attacked her years ago. Now someone is taking revenge . . .

Years ago at university, Celia’s boyfriend turned on her in a horrifying way—joining in with his friends to sexually assault her during a party. Celia didn’t go to the police. She told no one except her best friend, Lily. She just wanted to move on with her life.

Now, her settled life with her beloved husband and daughter has been disrupted when one of her assailants is found dead. Celia can’t help but wonder if the friend she confided in—who’s gone on to become a private investigator—could be capable of murder. So she decides to search for answers.

But her pursuit takes her down a path Celia never expected—and raises an even more terrifying question: Is she capable of murder herself?

My Thoughts

This book hooked me from the first chapter. The pace then carried me on at a break-neck speed (in a good way) as I needed to know what was going on and what was going to happen next. The first third of the book tricked me into thinking one thing, and the rest of the book was another surprise altogether.

The characters in this book were loveable – except for the ones that clearly weren’t supposed to be. The author developed them well. I felt Celia’s emotions and was drawn into the experience. The author developed Celia’s relationship with her family and friends beautifully. I loved the depiction of her little triangle family, since I have one of my own I always adore when they’re represented in media because even today we’re not considered the “norm.” I loved seeing her regular life alongside the wild, ridiculous situation happening to her.

This was such an interesting experience that challenged my own moral compass and ideas. It really highlighted some issues we have in our criminal justice system – even though I live in the United States, I know we have similar issues – and it’s sad. I could see this story taking place here as well. While, of course, it was a story about death, loss, and tragedy, it was a story about love, family, and friendship, and it was a story about what you would do if you found out that someone you love with everything you are had done something horrific. And, it was an exercise in a way of how that might change you as a person. I really enjoyed going on that journey with Celia as it changed her, and in some ways, healed her.

I haven’t read the author’s previous book, but I will definitely add it and future books to my list. This one was good. The plot, characters, and premise were exciting, relatable, and unique. I can’t wait to read more. I am honored to have been included in this tour by the author and Love Books Tours, which did not impact my review.

Who’s It For

If you love morally grey characters and exploring moral questions, this is a brilliant book for you. If you love fast-paced thrillers with twists and turns that keep you guessing, you will love this book.

Content Warning: Sexual assault, mention of child harm (off page), murder, PTSD, adult situations, adult language

About the Author

Charlotte Barnes is an academic, crime writer, and poet based in Worcester, UK. Her crime writing covers everything from psychological thrillers to good old-fashioned detective work. She is currently working on a new psychological thriller.

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