Daisey Garrett wakes up in a hospital bed. She remembers her boyfriend has left her for another woman but she doesn’t remember what happened to her. The night she was attacked in her own home.
Daisey shouldn’t be alive but against all odds, she’s survived an ordeal most would never recover from. And her new friend and roommate Iris will help her get back on her feet.
But Daisey’s mind is broken. She’s on edge, drinking too much and as she sits across from her cheating ex, Luke, in the beautiful home they once shared together, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.
Yet tiny fragments of Daisey’s memory are starting to come back to her.
The missing pieces of that fateful summer night are beginning to surface…
The lies she told the police.
The lies Luke told her.
Iris will help her find the truth, won’t she?
Our memories are a integral part of our DNA, they are a important part of our identities and help create who we are.So just imagine if you knew that something terrible had happened to you but you couldn't remember any of the details. Now imagine that the incident had happened in the one place where you are supposed to feel safe and secure....your own home. Your attacker has never been caught and you can't escape the feeling that you are being watched. Is it just your paranoid brain playing tricks on you or is your attacker patiently biding their time,waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike again?
This is the reality that our heroine Daisey finds herself having to live with in this gripping thriller that has a plot which is essentially about identity and control. I thought that the author's portrayals of Daisey's fear,mistrust and confusion as she battled with her fears and anxieties were very realistic. Her conflicting emotions when she started experiencing flashbacks of her attack. Disney's situation wasn't made any easier by her cruel and manipulative ex fiance. At least she could trust her new flatmate Iris....right? It was obvious from the moment that she was introduced into the story that there was something not quite right about her character. She had constant mood swings, was sly and manipulative and if I'm honest a bit on the creepy side. Could Daisey really trust her or was she just a pawn in Iris's twisted game?
The investigation into the attack on Daisey and the killer's previous two victims was led by Detective Dan Riley,who as well as trying to unravel the complexities of the case,was also dealing with having a new boss and some issues in his private life. These issues were not mentioned very often,just enough times to add dimension to his character without drawing too much attention away from the main story. I really liked Detective Riley and I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie between him and his work partner DS Lucy Davis.
Occasionally the story slipped back in time and we followed the story of the birth and childhood of Rosie and her twin brother. These chapters really pulled at my heart strings at times and were also quite chilling in places. But how did the twins story fit into the events that were unfolding in the future.
This is a extremely well written,uniquely plotted, enthralling thriller that had me hooked in from the first page. The very sensitive issues that were covered throughout the story were written with care, understanding and sensitivity. The characters were vivid and diverse, the story was nicely paced and a sense of danger and foreboding permeated the pages. Although this is the forth book in the Detective Dan Riley series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. A very enjoyable read and very highly recommended.
Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.
Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.
PUBLICATION DATE: 13th January 2021
THE DETECTIVE DAN RILEY SERIES
1: BLACK HEART
2: THE COUPLE ON CEDAR CLOSE
3: THE STRANGER'S WIFE
4: THE WOMAN INSIDE
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