Synopsis: Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but... ‘should she be scared?’
Kat's Rating: 5/5
Kat's Review: I was super excited to learn that one of my favourite authors was mixing genres. Sue Watson has historically written VERY funny books that I am a huge fan of. To learn she was releasing a thriller made me kind of nervous..... Turns out I was worrying over nothing. So when I read the synopsis I admit I was surprised as it didn't sound that....you know...thrilling! Again turned out I was wrong and boy was I in for more than one surprise. First off Marianne is front and centre as the woman married to Simon who is a succesful surgeon. They live in a beautiful house with beautiful children and as a woman who stays at home looking after her home and her children it seems she has the perfect life.
Well it becomes apparent VERY quickly that she has nothing like the perfect life. In fact she has a weird, and horrendous life. The first few chapters made me feel strangely uncomfortable. Marianne seems like a woman who has it all but in fact is downtrodden and frankly living in any woman's worst nightmare. I think the reason this made me feel so uncomfortable is the reality of it. You read about stories like this, and people that behave in a certain way. However when it's news or something you see fleetingly you think no more of it. Reading the story literally made my skin crawl at times.
Caroline is a colleague of Simon's and one that Marianne soon becomes fixated on, however as the pages and chapters went by I began to feel all kinds of strange. Was Marianne a complete nut job, or was her husband. What was real and what was imagined? There were elements of this book I didn't like such as Marianne feeling too much of a victim BUT this book had a strange pull on me. It was weird, a little warped, most definitely a book that captures your imagination (in the worst way) and also a book that I literally did not put down. I read it in two straight sittings and felt almost glad when it was all over (but in a good way).
I have to say I was pretty blown away by this book. Coming from an author that can make me laugh like a 40 something child, the ability to produce something in this genre that is so gripping is a true testament to her skill. No it's not perfect, and there were elements I didn't like but DAMN...if this is her first in this genre...sign me up for all future thrillers. This was a cracking read and I think Sue Watson may well have just jumped ship from one genre to another with surprising ease. Roll on the next one!!!!