Wow! My back hurts and my legs turned into jellies, eyes are red, semi-closed, hands are shaky- I didn’t count how many cups of black coffee I consumed after sitting at the same position at least 6 hours. I couldn’t move, I didn’t take bathroom breaks and now I’m begging my husband to carry me to there because if I take more steps I may have some kind of most humiliating bladder accident. Yes, this is occupational hazard of reading something so captivated and unputdownable, isn’t it?
This is whirlwind, twisty, reality questioning, exhausting and truly smart, exciting reading. Three protagonists are flawed, keeping secrets, having obsessions, bitchy, irritating parts but you eventually start to like them because you may empathize with their damaged parts and tolerate to their weaknesses.
Mackenzie seems like living a fairy-tale with a wealthy, charming husband who adores her and a beautiful 15 years old daughter Aria. But sometimes love can be suffocating especially when you’re married with some narcissistic, controlling, manipulative man who suffers from anger management issues, hiding lethally dangerous secrets. And what about her daughter: she caught her at the basement of her best friend Robin’s basement with Robin’s 18 years old son Ryan. Why were they doing? Did they have sex? Was it consensual or did Ryan drugged her daughter to take advantage of her?
Robin seems like happy, married with gorgeous Grant, three kids. But why she is hiding the credit card statements from her husband and why her husband lies about his whereabouts lately. When Robin has the biggest argument with Mackanzie about their kids and the inappropriate situation she found them into, why she told her the apple didn’t fall from the tree when she’s talking about Ryan? Could their nearly two decades long friendship end with Mackenzie’s suspicions about Robin’s son?
And Lily seems like negotiator, bringing out the peace as she’s struggling to gather the crumbling pieces of her life. She is nonstop drinking, popping up pills and hiding her addiction problem, acting like normal and thankful that she doesn’t deal with a husband ( They are separated) and kids like their friends do. But she also deals with the biggest secret: she truly knows whereabout of Robin’s husband Grant as he lies to his wife that he’s going to a poker game.
Too many lies, too many secrets, rape, abuse, violence, betrayal, addiction, drugs, dark pasts take your attention and you became addicted this story. The author perfectly builds the high tension and as the characters’ start to spill out their secrets, the direction of the story approaches to the dead end.
I’m so pleased about the conclusion, the way the characters evolved and faced the consequences of their wrongdoings and taking responsibilities about their mistakes to change their lives and the closure they get was fair and acceptable.
I’m rounding up 4.5 stars rounding up to 5 and I truly recommend this book to the genre lovers. I already started to add the previous works of the author to my terrifyingly long TBR which gave me dizziness when I raise my head to look at the top point.
Special thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins /William Morrow Paperbacks for sharing this intriguing ARC with me in exchange my honest review.