I am setting up the stage for the scene as I imagined it.
Susanna as the counselor waiting for her patient and in comes Adam! They get to talking and Adam hints at wanting to hurt a woman and it turns out to her daughter Emily.
The story takes a turn when Adam wants to talk about her son Jake
What happened to Jake? And why did he die?
My first book by Simon Lelic, and I was pleasantly shocked at the way he could draw me into the story. The mid section was absolutely fabulous, the place which kept me glued to the story — what, when, why. There was an atmosphere of curiosity so intense that I had to complete the book even when it was 2am. I needed to know the hidden secrets!! Hats off to the author for creating this aura!!
Susanna as the main character was initially very standoffish, I couldn’t connect to it. But as Adam slowly made her drop her veneer, I could see her pain as a mother losing her son. She kept on talking about past secrets of hers, never did come to know what they were.
Adam didn’t feel quite as sane, but he had his own crosses to bear, his own interpretations of the past. The mind is funny, it fills in parts with thoughts and memories when the reality is fuzzy. Adam had his own delusions about the past!!
Emily as a fun bubbly teen was okay, didn’t really get to know her. She appeared as intermittent chapters. Jake as the troubled teen wanting to fit in, choosing the wrong crowd, ending up doing acts he normally wouldn’t, his obsessiveness was the fuel to the plot to make it run smoothly.
I didn’t care much for the ending, not that it wasn’t apt, but just that it didn’t hold the same fervored pitch. On the whole a good way to spend Sunday night, reading through the bewitched hour.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Penguin Books UK, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Simon Lelic is a former journalist and the author of three award-winning literary novels, and The New Neighbors, his first psychological thriller, inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Simon lives with his wife and three children.
Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.
But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?
Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.
And Susanna realises she was wrong. She doesn’t know him. BUT HE KNOWS HER.
AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER…
Publication date : 9th August, 2018
Publisher : Penguin Books UK
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