Whoa! This is so impressive, spine tingling and deliciously twisty and intelligent! Let’s make some noise and clap till our hands hurt: we have a brilliant author at smart psychological thriller town : welcome dear Stacy Willingham!
I have to admit: sometimes reading about the family’s traumatic life after a serial killer father is convicted is a great plot idea to work on!
The character driven/ psychological thriller story of this book picked my interest and hooked me up from the beginning.
I liked the emotionally sensitive but also resilient, survivor and sometimes a little unreliable heroine; doctor Chloe Davis: she is a psychologist who also suffers from mental disorders and her fight helps her to become better at her job and change the lives of her patients. She’s dealing with her inner demons since she’s twelve the day her childhood is over because of her father’s conviction from kidnapping and killing six young teenagers in her hometown Louisiana.
You can imagine how her life entirely turned upside down!! As she feels too much, her brother who is 3 years older than her chose to feel nothing, turning into a stone hearted man keeping everything to himself, doing everything to protect her sister and their mother is already a lost case, committing suicide after her husband’s verdict, living in oblivion.
Now Chloe Davis grabs her second chance: working with teenagers as a psychologist and she’s doing far better job than her colleagues because she knows how to be troubled kid. She also found her loved one, is about to tie the knot with Daniel even though her brother Cooper has still suspicious about Daniel’s motives. Does he really know the real Chloe and does he know how she still struggles with her past?
But there are enough predicaments she has to face from her past prevent her move on to her life! A reporter from NY Times demands to interview her about her father’s crimes he committed 20 years ago and the murders of young teenagers strike back: interestingly the killer has exactly same methods of her father!
Is there a copy cat killer imitating her father’s method or was his father convicted to lifetime prison sentence for the crime he didn’t convict!
The culprit was a little foreseeable but most of the twists and big revelations were well constructed. There are some untied loose ends but overall it was gripping, well written, heart throbbing, engaging story makes you sit on the edge, giving you creeps, keeping your attention intact!
I’m looking forward to read her next works of the author. So far I really enjoyed her writing style!
Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/ Minotaur Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts