Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?
Chevy Stevens targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more in a novel that explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.
This was my first Stevens book but I’m not even exaggerating when I say before I even made it to the halfway point of this book I had filled my Amazon cart with every other book she’s released. I don’t often find myself so connected to an authors writing, you guys know I read a lot and I generally know how to choose books that I end up liking, but not always loving. But this time? I’m completely hooked on Stevens, I feel like I found one of my new favorite, auto buy authors. Is there a better feeling for a bookaholic?! I don’t think so.
This is told from two perspectives; Lindsey a woman who has escaped a really frightening past and her daughter, Sophie. It flashes back from past to present outlining Lindsey’s abusive relationship and how it all ended to now when Sophie’s all grown up and they’re both settled and as happy as can be expected. Stevens transitions back and forth flawlessly drawing you in steadily, hooking you in with razor sharp writing and an unbelievably tense plot. The sense of dread and anxiety gradually amps up as I feared for Lindsey and Sophie’s safety. It was one of those reads where my heart was in my throat for the majority of the book.
There were so many unpredictable twists here that I’m choosing to avoid discussing the plot at all really. The characterization was amazing, I loved Lindsey and Sophie and thought their relationship was genuine and heartfelt. The insight into a troubling abusive marriage was authentic, chilling and disturbing, so beware if abuse is a trigger for you. I loved how the mounting tension resulted in a heart pounding climax, my anxiety was through the roof but I love when a thriller makes me feel like that. If, like me you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t read Stevens before AND you consider yourself a fan of thrillers, pre order this one, its remarkable.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my review copy.