Published by Lake Union Publishing on November 14, 2023
Genres: Domestic Thriller
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Writer Carrie Colts hopes a move to Montauk will be a rejuvenating change of pace for her family. The last thing she expects to see is her former college roommate on her doorstep. Newly widowed, and with a daughter of her own, Maya would love to reconnect. As a gesture to an old friend in mourning, Carrie extends an invitation to stay. Just for a few days. After all, there are reasons that Carrie and Maya are estranged.
Carrie soon regrets her impulsive offer. Someone has taken a pair of scissors to her college yearbook. Her herb garden is destroyed. She’s starting to receive sinister texts. And Maya is making herself a little too much at home. What does Maya really want? What is she hiding? Carrie’s afraid to ask. Because Maya knows all her secrets, and exposing them comes with a price Carrie can’t afford to pay.
The author cleverly weaves together two timelines – the present and Carrie and Maya’s college days as roommates – creating a captivating, multi-layered narrative.
Although some plot twists were predictable, including the final reveal, the author’s masterful storytelling kept me engaged. The way suspense is skillfully built up throughout the book is commendable and adds an extra layer of excitement to the reading experience.
Now, let’s talk about the ending. While it wasn’t exactly what I hoped for, I understand that only some readers will have the same preferences. I deducted a star because it didn’t quite meet my expectations. However, despite this minor setback, this novel’s overall enjoyment and entertainment value are undeniable.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a story with suspense, relatable characters, and a well-crafted storyline.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.