The bestselling author of Close My Eyes returns with a chilling psychological thriller.
Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult.
United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livy's sister, Kara, they've always told each other everything. Or so Livy thought. So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot come to terms with the news that she chose to end her own life.
The Julia that Livy knew was vibrant and vivacious, a far cry from the selfish neurotic that her family seem determined to paint her as.
Troubled by doubt but alone in her suspicions, Livy sets out to prove that Julia was in fact murdered.
But little does she realise that digging into her best friend's private life will cause her to question everything she thought she knew about Julia. And the truth that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/09/2014
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781471111761
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Review by jayne_charles
This is a book whose plot hits the ground running and doesn't let up until the very end: even when you think everything is done with, the author keeps a particularly harrowing twist up her sleeve. The parallel plotlines of marital infidelity and the death of a close friend are powerful emotional pulls on the reader, and it would be tough to put it down before seeing the whole thing resolved. That said, I found there were not enough characters to make the 'whodunnit' angle enough of a challenge. There were only one or two possible candidates, and I hit on the right one at an early stage. Despite the author's skilfully placed red herrings, I remained firm in my belief that there was no point in that particular character's existence in the story other than as the ultimate baddie, and waited to be proved right, as I ultimately was (modest cough). In addition, some of the characters' actions felt a bit 'off' - getting all romantic at moments when stress would surely have put paid to all that. And the character Julia - central to the plot but not someone we meet in person - didn't come across as all that nice. More two fingers down the throat if I'm honest. So it's a mixed reaction from me which accounts for the moderate star rating.