Published by Harlequin Trade Publishing on April 2, 2024
Genres: Psychological Thrillers
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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An ICU nurse accidentally uncovers a patient’s frightening past in this chilling thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing and Just the Nicest Couple .
Meghan Michaels is trying to find balance between being a single mom to a teenage daughter and working as a full time nurse. While on duty at the hospital one day, a patient named Caitlin arrives in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, having jumped from a bridge and plunging over twenty feet to the train tracks below.
But when a witness comes forward with shocking details about the fall, it calls everything they know into question. Was Caitlin pushed and if so, by whom and why?
Meghan has always tried to stay emotionally detached from her patients, but this time, she mistakenly lets herself get too close until she’s deeply entangled in Caitlin’s and her family’s lives. Only when it’s too late, does she realize that she and her daughter could be the next victims.
Mary Kubica once again demonstrates her storytelling prowess in this enthralling novel. We are introduced to a nurse burdened with a haunting secret, a secret that threatens to unravel her life and the lives of those around her. The stakes intensify when her daughter is suddenly kidnapped, plunging her into a desperate search for answers and a race against time.
Simultaneously, Chicago is gripped by brutal attacks on women, sending shockwaves through the community and leaving the authorities scrambling for answers. Is there a connection between these heinous acts and the nurse’s well-guarded secret? Could they somehow be linked to the kidnapping of her daughter? These questions hang in the air, fostering a sense of unease and anticipation that will keep readers thoroughly engaged.
Amidst the chaos and turmoil, a woman arrives at the hospital after a failed suicide attempt. As her story unfolds, chilling and unexpected connections to the nurse surface, weaving an intricate web of interwoven narratives. The complex relationships between these characters build tension and suspense, making it impossible to resist the urge to devour this book.
Mary Kubica’s exceptional ability to create multi-layered characters and craft a compelling storyline ensures this book is a true page-turner. This novel will leave a lasting impression with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very last page and a narrative that delves into profound emotional depths. Whether you are a fan of psychological thrillers or appreciate a well-crafted tale, this book will fulfill your craving for suspense and intrigue.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.