Back of the book :
YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE YOUR PAST.
Fleeing the terrors of her former life, Isabel has left England and at last is beginning to feel safe. Then a letter shatters her world, and she returns home determined not to let fear rule her life any more.
But she’s unable to shake off the feeling that someone who knows her better than she knows herself may be following her.
Watching ….. Waiting ….
Ready to step back into her life and take control all over again …..
What I think :
Isabel or Izzy as her friends call her, is in hiding.
She just up and left one day, even her parents don’t know where she is. Izzy is in hiding because she has a stalker, an ex-boyfriend who made her life pretty awful and wouldn’t leave her alone.
Izzy has made a life for herself in India, where she has a job in a small hotel and has made some friends. One day however, a letter from home somehow reaches her, telling her that her parents have been killed in a road traffic accident and the person who was driving the car was her stalker, her ex Felix Darwin and he’s in a coma. She decides that she must return to England to find out what has happened. luckily on the day she finds out about her parents, she makes a friend, a man called Owen, he’s an architect in India on business and staying at the same hotel where Izzy works. They fly back to Birmingham together and he offers to help her find out what happened to her parents and gives her somewhere to stay in a small flat at his house. Everything is fine to start with, then odd things start to happen, does someone know she’s back … ?
Right from the start of the book it gets right to the heart of the subject, stalking. The book opens with a woman being chased down an alleyway, then murdered by an unknown person, however the woman’s last words are the name of her stalker. A pretty spine tingling beginning in anyone’s estimation.
The book is written from each characters perspective, including the ex-boyfriend/stalker, which I think is fascinating reading as its just like getting into his head and finding out how he really ticks.
I also loved the way that the author brought back two very familiar characters in the shape of the two DI’s Lorraine and Adam. Lorraine is portrayed in a more vulnerable light in this book, which is really nice as in the two other books she was more ‘hard’ and a bit of a ‘ball-breaker’
This is such a wonderfully addictive with book with a cast of excellently written characters that you want to shout out loud to. Izzy was such a pushover and I did feel quite sorry for her at times and Felix is quite mad, you just want to shout ‘NO, don’t do that’ to him, he really is powered by love that its quite painful to read at times. The twist at the end is so fabulously simple, its keeps you guessing all the way though, there’s no way you could have figured it out. but that’s what make’s it so brilliant I guess.
I absolutely loved this book and give it 10/10. I can’t wait for the next one !
Published by Century ( penguin random house) on 12/03/15.
A big Thank you to Philippa Cotton at Century and the Author Samantha Hayes for the review copy of this book to read and review.