Publication Date: Available Now from Simon Schuster
Source: Purchased Copy
Jed is the man I will marry. Unless his past catches up with us …
On holiday with family and her adoring fiancé, Jed, Emily couldn’t be happier. But overnight, the idyllic trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of the group is found dead in what appears to be a terrible accident.
The devastated party returns to London to cope with their loss while trying to resume their normal lives. But new revelations shed a shocking light on the holiday tragedy and set Emily on a perilous journey to discover the truth about what happened. Soon a terrifying series of threats and lies bring her face to face with the dark truths at the heart of her family – and into life-threatening danger …
So one of my book resolutions for 2018 was to start working my way through a huge backlog of purchased books as well as my review copies, so I started here with a book I purchased back in 2015 (yes just imagine the actual pile of books by now) off the back of having loved “Close My Eyes”
I loved this too because it featured a completely dysfunctional family, all hiding secrets from themselves and each other, some cleverly plotted twists and turns and a fair few love to hate to love characters.
Emily is our main focus, she is all set to marry Jed (as soon as his divorce comes through) but during a holiday with her family and his tragedy strikes – bringing a whole house of cards tumbling to the ground.
What works so well here are the relationships – Emily to her sister and brother, theirs to each other, Jed’s to his ex wife and mix and match thereafter, giving us a beautifully eclectic cast for a highly addictive character drama. It is psychological thriller with a realistic edge, a dark side and a huge dose of intrigue, the resolution was unexpected and the journey to get there ended up being a proper page turner.
I both loved Emily and randomly wanted to slap her – I would DEFINITELY have slapped Jed given the opportunity – but their relationship was intelligently woven around both of their personalities and circumstances. The family dynamics were authentic, even during the more out there plot developments, nothing was unbelievable and there was a growing sense of unease that clarified once you started seeing just how many levels of betrayal were hidden below the surface of seeming calm.