When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon…
But Ella has never been married.
In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socialising, quietly harbouring a terrible secret from her past.
Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognises the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife.
What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire, he knows her secret too…
Well, well, well. Who would have thought this would be the outcome of this story? I certainly did not, because I was so proud of myself in thinking that I had it all figured out. It seems like I was shooting the penalty kick but completely missing the goal.
This is a book that slowly builds up to the climax, but once you start getting closer to the revelations, you feel like your are walking on quicksand, are being dragged into it and honestly that all you want at that moment.
It’s such a pleasure being utterly wrong-footed and being surprised with something you did not see coming a mile away.
If you are more into fast paced thrillers, you might think this is not your cup of tea. I assure you that you have to give it a go, because you will not be disappointed.
Do you love books that leave you with an OMG feeling? In this case, you just have to read this one.
Thank you, Samantha Hayes, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.
When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.