Publisher: Carina UK
Genre: Psychological Thriller
They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened …
Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.
Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I didn’t read this last year when it was released. When I signed up for the TBC 2017 reading challenge and saw this would fit one of their criteria, I was excited because I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about this debut. I’m so pleased to say that I loved it just as much as my friends assured me I would!
I’m going to keep this fairly short and sweet because even though this has been out for almost a year, I somehow managed to avoid spoilers and the big twist wasn’t ruined for me, phew!
Everything you’ve heard about the stunning twist here is true, it’s completely unexpected and one of those that will have you flipping back and forth to make sure you didn’t miss anything. It knocked me on my ass, I haven’t been that shocked by a twist since I Let You Go. I kind of wanted to go back and immediately reread the entire book to see what clues I had missed previously, but alas my gigantic TBR won’t allow that.
This details an abusive relationship and was reminiscent of Behind Closed Doors to me with a villain that made my skin crawl. Sal and Charlie are married and Sal stays at home with their daughter, Maggie while Charlie is a lawyer. Charlie is a monster and a controlling bully and has no respect for Sal and doesn’t think that staying at home with a child is worthwhile, however insists that Sal does it anyway. That’s just a taste of the type of horrid person Charlie is.
My nerves were shot by the time I finished, this was a highly addictive read and I seriously keep wondering what took me so long?! Had I read this last year it would’ve definitely made my top reads of 2016 list. The only good thing about waiting so long is that Hall’s second novel is already available!
Overall rating: 5/5