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Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone, Cornerstone Digital
Published: March 12th, 2015
This is a superb psychological suspense thriller with so many surprises en route the reader is never quite sure how all can logically be resolved – but in the end it all makes sense!
A secondary head of the Art Department and teacher, Isabel Moore has run away to India to escape a manipulative, abusive relationship. She’s not even told her parents where she’s living because they believe her ex-partner, Felix Darwin, loves and cares for her deeply, even supporting him when he had her committed for treatment in a mental hospital. He won’t let her escape from his control.
When a message reaches her, informing her that her parents were killed in a car crash which has left Felix severely injured and in a coma she knows she needs to return home. She’s determined that her fear of Felix will not continue to govern her actions but, back in England, the feeling of someone watching and waiting persists. This is even more true after she learns of the murders of two other young women who look much like her.
Ray is a stressed DI investigating the murders. Can she trust her intuition which suggest that the murders are linked? Is so, what is the link? Do any other reports of stakes have any bearing on the cases?
An enthralling mystery is slowly unravelled, revealing hidden motivations, skilful schemes and murder most foul before all is disclosed. With superb characters who are complex and well developed together with a plot complete with a plethora of twist, turns and dead ends, this convoluted story keeps the reader riveted to the very end.
I hadn’t read any books by this author previously but will certainly endeavour to read more in future. I very highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys psychological suspense thrillers involving great detective work in a superbly written novel.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too,
for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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