on June 12th 2018
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From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed.
My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.
On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.
I’m still trying to understand what I just read. I don’t understand how a mother can be so evil and corrupt. That’s all I’ll say on that matter. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else
This book is told from multiple pov’s. I thought at first it would make for a confusing read but I was quickly shown that it made sense. I loved being in the head of the characters. It made me understand them better.
The main story centers around Lydia (Laurence’s Mom), Laurence, Karen and Annie. Laurence’s dad has an important role also but the more you read you see how he was easily manipulated. I really liked Laurence. I felt for him. I don’t understand how he survived everything that he was put through.
I loved Karen. She was tenacious. Strong willed. She knew the course she was taking and stuck with it. Regardless of who was mean to her and abusive. At the end I lost a little respect but I know that she lived in a different time and had little to no choice for what she decided.
I can’t say much about Lydia other than I hated her character. I was so angry at times that I put my kindle down just to keep from throwing it. Only to pick it back up because I needed to know what happened next.
Overall this book is a great read. Fast paced, plenty of action, enough suspense and drama to keep you turning the pages. It would have been a 5 Star read if it wasn’t for the ending. It felt rushed and it wasn’t satisfying.
I can’t wait to read more books by Liz Nugent. The ending might’ve been a dud for me but the rest of the book kept me on my toes. She’s a really great writer and that makes me excited for more!