Top positive review
a real page turning thriller; just how well do you know someone?
24 September 2018
I am a huge Adele Parks fan and have read all of her books, so I am always very excited when I know there is a new one coming out (they seem so few and far between!). I deliberately didn’t read any of the advance reviews on this one, I wanted to devour it as much as possible and take my time to really enjoy the story. I loved the twist her writing is taking with her most recent novels, particularly her last one, The Image of You.
So, Mel is your ordinary run of the mill Mum who is working hard, has 3 kids, a job and a home to run. Her life is busy but she is happy and in love with her wonderful husband, Ben. Life is good. Then she gets an email from an old college friend, Abi. We suddenly realize there is much more than meets the eye to this one, as she hasn’t discussed Abi with Ben before and it seems that Abi has a distinct hold over Mel. Abi is going through a break-up, her life is falling apart and she needs the support of her old friend. She moves back to the UK from America, where she is a successful talk show host and married to a well-known TV Producer, however, he cheated on her and her career is practically over. She needs a friend and a place to stay… is there more to her move than meets the eye?
As the story moves on, Mel is forever in awe of Abi, almost idolizes her, which causes rifts in her close-knit family. Abi seems to know exactly what she is doing, she is cold and unfeeling and there is absolutely an underlying issue that will surely come to light. Mel is just so happy to have what she thinks is a wonderful friend, someone who makes her feel alive, but she is failing to see what is going on around her. It’s clear Abi is after more than friendship and a place to stay, but how bad can it be? Mel’s life starts to fall apart, and at times I did want to give her a shake, whilst feeling heart sorry for her and this mess she had gotten herself into. I adored Ben, Liam and the girls, who I thought were all relatable characters. I loved the description of Mels’ relationship with her eldest son, how complex it was, yet so endearing that she is struggling to cope with the fact he is no longer a boy, he’s a man, one that doesn't seem to need her any more. A tough one to digest for any Mum. But she is strong and does the right thing, with the guidance of Ben. The outcome is one of sadness yet relief, but also a deserved ending for everyone involved. The one twist I actually didn’t see coming is revealed at the very end of the book.
I devoured this book, not wanting it to end but not wanting to put it down. I have to say that I did guess both the rather large plot twists. Now, that may be as I am an Adele Parks fan, maybe I just got the writing style, or maybe it was obvious, I’m not sure. Whatever it was, it didn’t dampen the story for me and I still loved the book from start to finish. Highly recommended and I cannot wait until her next novel.