Release date: May 1, 2021
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Eight years ago, Grace McMullen broke Sutton Whitlock’s heart when she walked away. But it was only to save him from the baggage of her own troubled past. Now all she wants is to make sure he’s okay.
Only everything she learns about him online says otherwise. According to his social media accounts, he placed roots in her hometown, married a look-alike, and even named his daughter Grace. He clearly hasn’t moved on. In fact, it’s creepy. So Grace does what any concerned ex-girlfriend would do: she moves home…and watches him.
But when Grace crosses paths with Sutton’s wife, Campbell, an unexpected friendship develops. Campbell has no idea whom she’s inviting into her life. As the women grow closer, it becomes clear to Grace that Sutton is not the sentimental man she once knew. He seems controlling, unstable, and threatening. And what a broken man like Sutton is capable of, Grace can only imagine. It’s up to her to save Campbell and her baby now—but while she’s been watching them, who’s been watching her?
A few years ago I read The Memory Watcher by the same author and was obsessed! This is a follow up of sorts as it follows one of the characters from that books years later. It’s totally fine to read on its own but TMW was fantastic so you should read that one first.
There was a lot to like about this one for me, I love the authors writing style and always find her books to be compulsive reads, this was no exception. There was such a great combination of drama and obsession in this one and I’m all about that when I’m reading a domestic thriller. Grace herself was a fascinating character with so many demons and while I wouldn’t say I loved her, she was super interesting. This one was also fairly predictable for me though, I saw where things were headed pretty early on and was a little disappointed when I realized I was right. Not a huge deal, but still wanted to mention it as I think avid thriller readers may have the same issue. I’m still a huge fan of the author and can still say I liked this, it’s just not my favorite from her.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.