When you think you’re safe,
When you think the past is over,
When you think you know someone,
When you think you’ve guessed this twist,
One moment will change three women’s lives forever.
My Review: This is the first Sarah Pinborough book I’ve read but it won’t be the last. This was one that was chosen by the book group that I’m in and, having heard the author speak at Bloody Scotland in 2018, I was keen to find out what her books were like so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do just that.
I could not put this book down. I admit I did find one or two parts a little hard to believe but on the whole it was a fabulous read. The author did a brilliant job of portraying the lives of those in and after, abusive and controlling relationships. I cannot fault that at all. There is so much fear after leaving a relationship like that that I understood why Lisa was being overprotective of her daughter but little did I realise that the reasons ran far deeper than that.
This is a story that shows that you really do not know what is going on in someone’s life, however much you think you might. It also shows the dangers of social media and how easy it is for secrets to come out in an instant from something completely innocuous and unexpected. The characters were brilliantly written, from the teenage Ava to the adults and their relationships, both as friends and work relationships. I spent half of this book wondering if Lisa was safe and hoping she was and the rest of it wondering how the people around her would deal with the secrets that came out and what would happen next. There are flashbacks which help explain a few things and are carefully woven into the story so they enhance rather than hinder it.
I would definitely recommend this book but I would also warn you to make sure you have time when reading it as one you get drawn in you won’t be able to put it down!