Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.
A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.
Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?
I didn’t read the back of the book before starting, I just went to my NetGalley books which have been neglected and picked one. Boy oh boy, what a doozy of a pick. It was my first Sophie Hannah book, it won’t be my last. If I were in a bookstore now and saw one of her books I would buy it without any thought. Why? Because she is a such a good storyteller. Her talented way of building the story up with the perfect pace and suspense, when you think you have it figured out she just laughs at you and throws in another road that you never saw coming. This book will keep you up at night, make you late for work, you might even miss your train stop. A terrific mystery thriller with more turns and twists than the Pepsi roller coaster at Blackpool (wait is that still there?).
The characters are individually memorable, they each have their own unique identities all flawed in some way, as all humans are. The are all colourful, none are beige and blending wall flowers. They all have a purpose and a strong voice.
I don’t have any negative points, the pace was good, I had no parts I had to skim. I loved the television show dialogue it was a great way to get the important required information to the reader in a very cleverly thought out format.
This book is available to pre-order today on Amazon ~ Release date is August 24, 2017
Many thanks to Sophie Hannah, Hodder & Staughton and NetGalley for the advanced Arc copy. It was a honour to review.
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