Every year on the same day, on the anniversary, I receive a single black rose. Thirteen years of dark petals, jagged thorns, dredging up memories I’ve tried to forget…
I’ve packed up my life. All my belongings are carefully sealed in labelled boxes, my suitcases ready for my big move. I’m just days away from a new life abroad with my boyfriend, Ben.
No one knows the real reason I’m desperate to leave.
My best friend, Lena, is throwing me a leaving party. A celebration, to say goodbye. Champagne to toast my farewell. Speeches, full of fond memories.
No one knows what I’m running from.
Then another black rose appears, dragging up thirteen years of buried memories. My passport goes missing. The very people I am trying to escape from turn up at our house.
Someone knows what I did.
This party was meant to be the first night of the rest of my life – but now I don’t know if I’ll see tomorrow.
Someone knows my secret. They’re in my home, they’re at my party, and they’re making me pay for it.
In order to understand the present, the author takes us back to the past and the two main characters Lena and Ava do the talking.
During the whole story there is an air of secrecy and creepiness. What makes it even more sinister is that you don’t know where the danger is coming from. Who can you trust? Who has your best interests at heart? Who wishes you the best life you can get? Only one answer is possible, right? It has to be your best friend.
But if she is your best friend, why do you want to go to the other end of the world? Is she for real or does she lead you on a merry dance?
Who is keeping secrets? Or do they all have things to hide?
A party is synonym to fun, but a leaving party unlocks a whole range of emotions.
I finished the book in a day. I just had to know how it would come together. A gripping story that I most certainly enjoyed. 4 stars.
Thank you, Lesley Sanderson and Bookouture
About the author
Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and also works as a librarian in a multicultural school. She has lived and worked in Paris and speaks four languages. She attended the Curtis Brown Creative novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has since been hooked on psychological thrillers. She is particularly interested in the psychology of female relationships.
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