Publisher: Rise Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.
I knew this one was right up my alley as soon as I read the blurb. A mother with secrets that’s willing to do anything to keep them quiet? I’m in! While I had a few minor issues with this one, overall I was pleased.
Celeste is a wife and mother living a normal life in Los Angeles until her daughter gets seriously ill. It’s apparent right away that there is something off about Celeste and that’s she’s hiding something. Admittedly I figured out the bones of her secret fairly quickly, but there were details that were still surprising. After her secret is revealed, everything starts to crumble for her. At the end of Part One of this book, I was rather shocked. It was reminiscent of My Girl by Jack Jordan, but it didn’t have quite the same gut punch to the twist. It was still unexpected and appreciated though.
Part two went in a direction that I wasn’t anticipating after the twist in part one. Celeste’s true character is shown and it wasn’t pretty. She’s extremely hard to like and she’s unreliable, but I don’t mind that at all. I’ve read plenty of books with unlikable narrators and enjoyed them and the same can be said here. This is a hard one to review because any details I would like to share regarding character development and plot structure would ruin it for everyone.
Yes, I guessed some twists, but I wasn’t very disappointed and I think it’s because I was enjoying the ride so much. This is a read it in one sitting type of book and that’s exactly what I did. Berry’s potential as a writer is very clear and I would definitely pick up anything else she writes in the future. She’s a psychologist herself and I think this provided some fascinating insight and impacted the way she wrote this in a fantastic way.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author for my copy in exchange for an honest review.