What if you couldn’t escape your guilt?
Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …
On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?
When Kate begins work at a Yorkshire-based firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.
As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they realise they have a lot in common. But what they don’t realise is that they’re about to bring a very dangerous secret home to roost …
Lynda Stacey knows how to mesh multiple themes in her novel as this one was packed with lies, anguish, romance, secrets and just enough danger thrown in to keep things interesting. Despite it being a suspenseful thriller that will have you flipping pages faster than you can breathe there was some humorous moments to add some balance.
From a psychological point of view I found this very interesting because it allows you to view how Kate is handling the stages of grief which in her case is particularly hard as she was the one who didn’t die in the accident. I felt that Stacey did a great job with the character development for the all of the characters, the relationships seemed realistic and moved at a logical pace and she made you care about their journey.
Her debut novel House of Secrets put her on the map as an author to watch when it came to this genre and thankfully her follow up helps keep her there.
I’ve also learned through many other books that Choc Lit Publishing is proving itself to be one of my favorites because I have yet to read a bad novel under their label. I was glad to see Stacey is continuing to aid in that reputation.
Thank you to Netgalley and Choc Lit for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com
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