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In 1992, Tom died and his sister Abby was the sole survivor of that vehicular accident where she had been drunk driving. The guilt never left her. Ever. Nate rescued her from the flames but couldn’t rescue her brother. Then he rescued her from the bubble of grief that surrounded her.
2 decades later Liam and Nancy moved next door to them. Liam was Abby’s love. The soulmate. The secrets twisted then exploded.
A wicked mind author Hannah Mary McKinnon had to write with a hand so deft that the darkened tale had me cringing as well gasping with the shocks I received. Repercussions of the decisions of the past went on right up to the last page.
The story started slow, telling me lives of both couples. Then like the opening of Pandora’s box, many secrets and desires took a life of its own. Swift paced in the last 30%, the twists were aplenty.
Abby was deeply complex and her story led most of the book, bit others too had their say. I didn’t find any likeable as the author had drawn shadows on their souls too.
Quite a family drama with secrets and suspense enveloping it.
In 1992, a car accident kills a young man and forever changes the lives of three people… Now, twenty years later, they’ll all come to regret the choices they made that day, as the secrets and lies they’ve told to protect each other become the very things that tear their lives apart.
After a night of fun, Abby was responsible for the car crash that killed her beloved brother. It is a sin she can never forgive herself for, so she pushes away the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.
Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames, the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.
In a strange twist of fate, Liam (her old lover—possibly her true soulmate) moves in with his own family next door, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the dark secrets they’ve both been carrying…
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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