From the start this engaging thriller captivates the reader’s emotions. They will undoubtedly come to: dislike, even hate; feel frustrated and powerless; experience deep felt annoyance and irritation; wish they could intervene, and more. The mixed characteristics of manipulation, weakness, and belligerence will draw deeply upon any reader who harbours the slightest sense of right and wrong, and what constitutes appropriate behaviour. There is no argument the characters are well formed, and not just the principle protagonists. This book is a further example of the author’s excellent writing skills.
The tale provides an example of how supposed friendships can turn out to be anything but. How, people may seek to take advantage of a more sensitive, less robust, soul. How, the apparent lack of gratitude may, in part, hold a secret. How a hurtful abandonment can be motivated by the very opposite. The story keeps the reader engaged throughout and though the motivation becomes clear early on they will still find themselves being drawn forward.
The first half of the book is occupied with setting up the scenario and reason for the cruel, underhanded, treatment. Some readers may feel this is a little too prolonged however, once into the main action, they will find their preconceived ideas and conclusions seriously challenged. They may find themselves holding their breath until the true facts are revealed and the story reaches its conclusion. However, will they find their tensions released or feel there is justice at the end? It would spoil it for potential readers to say more in this short review.
This is the second book in Lucinda’s psychological thriller series and, though it would be possible to read it as a standalone, the reader would benefit from having read the first ‘A Year In the Life of Leah Brand’. This tale is essentially a continuance of the first with references to events therein which will lose some of their impact without knowledge of the previous incidents.
The book is available in paperback and digital (eBook) formats.