Even the perfect marriage has its dark side…
Iris and Will’s marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane.
Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.
The premise for this immediately stood out to me. Losing a loved one in a plane crash is the stuff nightmares are made of, but imagine trying to grieve while simultaneously uncovering a tangled web of deceit and betrayal. As soon as Iris finds out her husband Will, perished in a plane crash she realizes that she didn’t know her husband at all. The more she digs into who her husband was and what he was actually up to, the more lies she uncovers. The hits keep on coming and they don’t let up until the bitter end.
You can’t help but feel for Iris, she had a blissfully happy marriage, or so she thought and having that image completely shattered breaks her. Belle crafted her character in a manner that laid all of Iris’ emotions on the table and allowed the reader to feel every single one right along with Iris. This made me just as desperate as Iris to unlock the truth and solve the mystery of what really happened to Will. Both of them are multi layered and complex with vulnerabilities and raw emotions.
The momentum never let up, the only part that wasn’t fraught with tension was the opening chapter and that just laid the groundwork for what was to come. The whole time you’re not sure who to trust or what to believe, it’s a real guessing game. Filled with plenty of OMG, did that really just happen moments, this one kept me up late at night. The ending was utterly perfect and gasp worthy, I so love a well executed, surprise ending.
(I did guess one of the twists, so that’s what knocked my rating down slightly. It wasn’t bothersome for me though as there were so many other fantastic turns that it truly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.)
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to MIRA and Emer Flounders for my review copy.