"I felt like I was living on the last place on earth, trapped in an Edvard Munch painting with the cast of Real Housewives."
This really is a WOW read, one which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is quite deceptive at first, when Emily and husband Mike move to Texas so that he can take up his new job as Chief of Police; Emily is invited to attend a lunch at the home of Caroline Warwick, where she is introduced to the local ladies. We are introduced to a whole host of characters, Texan ladies who like to lunch and have botox injections on the way to pick up the kids from school, try every diet going and have guns in the boots of their cars, all with larger than life personalities.
The story though does turn very dark as it becomes clear that one of the ladies is collecting the darkest secrets of all the others - but for what purpose? And when the leader of the ladies - Caroline - goes missing - everyone wants to know what happened to her.
I loved the character of Emily, who was very human and believable and who has her own dark secrets which she has never revealed to anyone, not even to Mike. I loved the way her thoughts were right there on the page so we felt every emotion she went through, even the funny little one liners. Mike himself is a very complex character. A man of the law, dedicated to his job - he sometimes comes across as a little distant but that is only due to the pressures of his work. In reality he loves his wife 110% and would do ANYTHING for her.
What transpires makes for a very gripping read, full of tension and danger. It is a story where you feel that nobody Emily comes into contact with can be trusted. The story twists and turns right until the very end, which does come as a complete surprise.