You’d kill to protect your child – wouldn’t you?
When radio presenter Anna Graves and her baby are attacked on the beach by a crazed teenager, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her daughter.
But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister.
A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the ‘Ophelia Killer’, responsible for a series of murders twenty years ago.
Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life…?
Let me start by saying this cover is gorgeous! I need to by a real copy as the ebook cover is stunning, I can only imagine the real one is beautiful.
This is my second time reading one of Buchanan’s novels. I reviewed My Sisters Secret last month and fell in love with her writing style. She has a beautiful way with words and creates stunning imagery that allows the reader to really feel like they’re part of the setting.
This book really made me think about what I would do if one of my children were in danger. How far would I go? I think most parents would say that they would do whatever was necessary to keep their children safe. But what if that meant taking someone else’s life in order to keep your children out of harms way?
Anna finds herself in this awful situation. Right from the beginning, this book jumps right in. Anna and her infant daughter, Joni are walking along the beach where they find themselves in a strange and horrifying situation. Anna reacts as any mother would and protects Joni at all costs. But when the boy who attacked them dies, Anna’s whole life begins to shatter.
Understandably, Anna is constantly second guessing her actions. She is filled with self doubt and regret. She knows that she is not a murderer, yet that is exactly what the press is labeling her as. After all, she did kill a young boy, no matter if it was only in self defense. As if her own guilt isn’t already eating her alive, now she is thrust into the unrelenting and harsh media spotlight. She is at once both villianized and hailed as people have strong opinions about her hand in the boy’s death. I liked the way this angle was presented. It was true, as in this day and age people can and do become unwilling celebrities every single day. Buchanan showed the dark side to the media in a realistic and current manner.
Past and present collide as it seems the Ophelia Killer is back after a twenty year hiatus. This part was interesting as well as usually most novels involving serial killers tend to have young women as victims. In this novel, the victims were young boys. It was a creative and appreciated twist.
The Ophelia Killer begins to taunt and torment Anna, doing some downright creepy things to her as the story unravels. Parts of it chilled me right to the bone, which I adore. I felt completely terrible for Anna and found myself wishing she was my friend so I could help her. She was so relatable to me, maybe because her thoughts and feelings about motherhood are so common.
The ending/twist absolutely floored me. Like jaw dropping, did not see that one coming whatsoever. I won’t reveal more, just suffice it to say that I completely recommend this book. It was dark, twisted, and creepily satisfying.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.