Back of the book :
You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…
A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.
But when her friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.
When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…
What I think :
Louisa is finding life tough at the moment. She is an older mother with a three month old baby boy called Noah, He was a bit of a surprise. She is also mum to Emily, who is a teenager. In her sleep deprived mind she thinks that her husband Roger is having an affair with her best friend Tiff. He’s not … It turns out that Tiff was organising a surprise party for Louisa’s fortieth. The only problem is that Tiff has invited everybody on Louisa’s Facebook friends list, even the ones that she hasn’t seen and doesn’t want to see for over twenty years ! She has also invited Oliver Dunmore. The very person that broke Louisa’s heart when they were in college. It took her a very long time to get over him, so needless to say she doesn’t really want to see him, let alone at a party she didn’t really want. \But there he is, large as life, with his brand new shiny wife Melissa.
Louisa who hasn’t had much sleep lately really lets go that night and drinks way to much. so much so that in the morning she can’t remember anything about the night before. She then discovers that Oliver’s wife has gone missing and the last time she was seem was at Louisa’s party …
What has happened to Melissa .. ?
Someone must know what happened, Louisa knows she needs to find out, but at what cost … ?
I really enjoyed the authors last book so I was really happy to be asked on the blog tour for this book.
I did find it a bit slow going to start with, but I guess that was just the author laying out the ground work. After a while it does get going, there are plenty of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
I was a bit disappointed to find though, that for the first time ever, that I really didn’t like any of the characters. Tiff seemed to only think of herself and how everything she did would benefit her. She was very spoilt. I also couldn’t help but think that, having been a mother before that Louisa would know what having a newborn child would be like and she would also know that drinking (In my opinion, she drank far too much) isn’t really going to solve anything.
That being said though I did find it quite a pleasing thriller, the ending was quite a surprise !
I give it 8/10.
Published on 27/06/19 by Avon Books.
A Huge Thank you to the lovely Sabah Khan for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Here for your reading pleasure is a small extract from the book 🙂
She wondered if Emily had been like this, but Emily’s early years were a blur now. The teenage issues had long replaced any other bad memories of her infancy. Louisa shouldn’t be dealing with a baby. In just over two weeks she was going to be forty. As far as she’d been concerned, Emily was their one and only. Becoming pregnant was neither planned, nor particularly welcomed.
Ultimately, Noah was a mistake. Perhaps that explained why she was struggling.
Louisa lowered her chin and nestled against Noah’s soft, creamy skin, breathing in the distinct smell of baby, blocking his cries from her tired mind. Even contemplating him as a mistake sent a stabbing pain through her womb. Of course she shouldn’t think that way. He was perfect, beautiful – there were women who’d kill to have what she did.
It was because she was almost forty. The thought of reaching the milestone was an overwhelming one. Her mind flooded with anxiety. She was too old to be doing all this again. Sleepless nights, endless days. Nursery, pre-school, junior school, comprehensive, college.