Let me start by saying this is one of the best books I have read in thrillers/suspense so far. In fact I could have finished the book in few hours, it was that enthralling except I didn’t want to end it so soon and so I took my sweet time to finish it.
The story is about the other side of fiction which we never think about and that’s what attracted me to this book. What happens to the loved ones of criminals? Do they exist? If so what happens to them?
It may seem very obvious that people related to criminals should have known they were deviants but what if they genuinely didn’t? This is one such story.
We meet Gina Royal in the beginning of the book along with her two kids Lily and Brady. But their world collapses pretty soon and we are introduced to how they have survived from there on.
As parents how do you protect the one thing that matters to you most? Your kids. I loved how she reinvented herself and yet was still vulnerable. Her determination to protect her kids despite all the hurdles including typical teenage problems was inspiring, to say the least.
The writing is crisp and characters drawn out neatly. You root for this one from the get go. The only thing that nagged me though very quietly was how she convinced herself of someone’s loyalty. Not giving away anything but maybe that’s something you will understand once you read the book.
Am reminded of the movie “Enough” starring Jennifer Lopez which shares similar leading ladies. Yet the book packs a punch of its own.
But the thing other than sharing similar protagonists is the question – how long will you run? When will you face your fear and stand your ground? Will you fight one last time so you never have to fight again? That’s what faces our leading lady here. What’s endearing is her love for her kids which oozes out from her every being. Like they are the only reason she’s alive.
Despite the creepy tone of the story the central characters makes this a must read book and hence I highly recommend it. Also a bonus is that the it ends in a cliffhanger and is followed by Killman Creek.
Bibliogyan rating – two 👍