Back of the book :
She always trusted her husband ….
Until he died ….
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed.
But when Maisie starts having nightmares, Clara becomes obsessed that Nicks death was far much than just an accident.
Who wanted Nick dead ? And, more importantly, Why ? Clara will stop at nothing to find the truth – even if it makes her question whether her entire marriage has been a lie …..
What I think :
Clara and Nick have a happy marriage, two kids, Maisie and four-day-old Felix, all in all they have a good life together, So you can imagine how Clara feels when Nick goes out one day to collect Maisie from her dance class and to buy some takeaway food, and never returns. Instead of her husband at the door its the police. They inform her that Nick has died in a car accident, but little Maisie is fine, apart from a cut on her hand. However Maisie is very traumatised, not by the accident its self, but by the “Bad Man’ that was after them at the time of the accident and who Maisie thinks may have followed them to the hospital. She won’t tell Clara who the “Bad Man’ is though she’s far too scared.
Its when Maisie starts having nightmares and won’t sleep on her own that Clara thinks that there was maybe more to this accident than meets the eye. as Clara starts to ask questions she soon discovers that her husband may have been lying to her all along and her marriage may well have been a lie ….
This book is split into parts : Nick – before the accident and Clara – Now.
The “Nick” before parts is narrated by nick and its a bit before the baby is born and before the accident. These chapters sort of set the scene for his and Clara’s life together on the run up to the accident.
The ‘Clara” now parts show how Clara is grieving and coping with the death of her husband and also how she soon realises that the accident probably wasn’t an accident after all. It also shows how she’s tries to work out what happened and how she keeps her children safe.
This is a novel that is full of twists and turns. Its very fast-paced, when I say that, I mean it moves very quickly and you have to really concentrate to keep up. But in a good way as its quite unput-downable. I really liked the way that the author wrote from different perspectives, Nick’s in the past and Clara’s now.
There are many secrets and lies that come out in Clara and Nick’s Marriage and I did wonder sometimes where the author was taking it. However it does all become clear in the end. Talking of endings, WOW ! what an ending ! its got a real hum-dinger of a twist, you really don’t see it coming.
This is the first of Mary”s novels that I have read, I will certainly be going out and getting her back list !
This is an excellent novel that keeps you right on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend it and give it 9/10 (5 Stars)
Published by HQ (Harper Collins) on 10/08/17
A big Thank you to Anna Massardi from HQ for the review copy of the book.