Camilla Way | published May 2018
Summary from GoodReads:
When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.
Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.
WOW! This has to be the best psychological thriller I’ve read since Silent Patient! Though I’m not a huge fan of the genre, this would be a great example of it being done, right.
The story begins following Clara and Luke, a young couple sharing a flat. Luke doesn’t come home one night and, having a reputation of a being a philanderer, his friends assume he’s on a binge and will return when he’s ready. After a couple of nights, Clara is not convinced thats true. Lukes sister Emily disappeared similarly when they were children and she believes he wouldn’t willingly mimic that behavior and hurt his family. Clara starts going through his things and decides to visit his parents to be sure he hasn’t been in contact. Upon hearing about Lukes disappearance, the parents’ mental and physical health start to decline greatly. Police seem to be very little help in searching for Luke so, Clara and their close friends give it a go. Suddenly Emily, the long lost sister reappears. Emily is pretty cagey and seems to know more than what she’s telling so Clara is hugely suspicious. The truth is however, far more crazier than anyone would ever guess.
Pros: Really unique plot that, very much like Silent Patient, will methodically unwind so subtly, the truth will hit you like ton of bricks. Even when you figure it out, theres yet another twist to keep the story moving forward. Very well written with complex characters.
Cons: Psychological thrillers always drag at some point for me. I think because the entire genre ultimately relies on one characters inability to grasp reality. Its typically a woman who, in the face of ALL evidence depicting otherwise believes he/she/someone else is innocent\truthful\coming home and it goes on for pages upon pages. Give me a break all-fucking-ready! Do we even cone out the oven that gullible any more? I pray to heaven, not. No twist on the genre here though I think Clara was less in a blind stupor than those that have come before her. She realizes her boyfriend is a cheating ass but would like to be sure he’s not dead before she bounces on him. Fair. 🤷🏾♀️
I always like to mention triggery themes if I can, to warn TeamZoloft. (#YourWelcome) There may be some triggering discussion around mental health. The parents, especially Lukes mom, gets really low after Lukes disappearance and we get some intense descriptions of the shuttered home, unkept dark rooms, gaunt appearance, etc. The older brother also has a few scenes demonstrating some pretty intense anger at his older parents. Hell, that kinda triggered me. 🙄
Its always difficult to write about these stories because I don’t want to give up the ending. Overall, an unexpectedly excellent read. Twisty plot leads you right to a crazy outcome, you will not guess and maybe not agree with. 😉 #GoodBook 35 of 36. #2019WrapUp 😘😘