This was a really gripping read that I had to clear the decks for and read in one go.
Alicia left home at the age of 16, fleeing a brutal tyrannical father and never returned until now. Following her father's series of strokes and the onset of dementia, she returns to help arrange his care, along with her 8 year old daughter, Jenny. This brings back a whole host of unwanted memories of her unhappy childhood that until now were buried deep inside her.
The story deals well with the dilemmas of caring for an elderly parent - what to do, should they be cared for at home or in a nursing home? However, this is not the main thrust of the story.
Alicia has a stalker who is known only as "The Stranger" with chapters alternating, some told from Alicia's viewpoint and some from The Strangers. These chapters are particularly chilling and full of menace and fascinating reading. We do not know his identity right until the end of the book and until then we are given a number of possible suspects. I found myself constantly changing my mind as to the identity of the stalker as the author cleverly casts suspicion all around.
The story is well paced, full of drama and with a gripping, chilling conclusion. A read that is highly recommended for lovers of suspense fiction.
Thanks to the publishers for an ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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