Lisa Unger | Pub: Oct 2020 | 368 pp
I thought this would be one of those, throw everything at you but the kitchen sink thrillers, but actually, it was very nuisanced and only threw everything but the kitchen sick, in well constructed layers. 🤷🏾♀️ So there.
Though not told in this sequence, this story starts with a definite conman and maybe murderer. His con is to separate rich, lonely women in small towns out of their money after they’ve fallen in love with him. He’s cold-blooded but not without his soft spots. On two occasions he isnt able to walk away from the children of his victims, daughters that would otherwise be abandoned if he didn’t take them in. He creates a small home and ‘family’ with the girls, teaching them everything he knows. The ‘sisters’ Wendy and Geneva, have to make a way for themselves after he is no longer in the picture.
Our protagonist, Selena Murphy, is the sisters latest target. Her lifes a mess, works a struggle and she’s discovered her lackluster husband screwing the best babysitter she’s ever had, on the babycam. Selena realizes her marriage may be over because she’s more upset about loosing the babysitter than her husband. One night, after a particularly rough day, she overshares with a women she sits next to on the train. Note: never over share with random people!
Suddenly, the babysitter disappears and the police strongly suspect her or her husband may have played a role. As Selenas life continues to unravel, she discovers she may be stronger than she thinks.
Pros: Eh, its a throw everything at you thriller. If you like that kind of thing, you’ll enjoy this for sure. The characters are interesting and so is the story. At least the writing is done well. There are several plot lines and I was never confused or felt like there were too many characters. Theres no wasted space, each plot line edges you closer to the finish.
Cons: You’d think it would be unpredictable but, it really isn’t. It ends the way you think and the journey comes up short on making it worth it.
I kept reading for Selena and her girls. I liked Selena, she was in a shit marriage and she didn’t hide from it. Even revisited the idea of being with the man she turned down. She was a good practical character.
Decent read with very few triggers so long as your mother wasn’t mysteriously murdered when you were a teen and you found yourself whisked off to some remote location. Or, if you husband isn’t fucking the babysitter. 🙅🏾♀️🙄😜 Goodbook 8/2021.
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