My murder mystery book club decided to read two books this month. The first book we selected for June we all read in like two days so we decided that we would pick a second book and this was it.
This book sounded interesting-ish, but then again, many psychological thrillers sound similar so I wasn’t exactly convinced that this was going to be a new and different book than any of the other psychological thrillers out there right now.
But I decided to listen to it on Audible and hoped for the best.
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.
When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?
As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets. (summary from Goodreads)
This book started out just ok for me. I could tell that something wasn’t quite right with Adele and David was a moody cheating bastard. Louise seemed nice and like she was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time when the firestorm of Adele and David entered her life. But then again I didn’t really love Louise but I felt invested enough to keep reading.
The book started out a little on the slow side for me. I kept waiting and waiting for things to happen, and I was expecting some murder but there was no murder just Adele befriending her husband’s secretary. But then things quickly start to get weird.
It was clear that Adele was up to something and that there was a history between the David and Adele that was much darker than expected. Louise and David have been carrying on an affair and though Louise cares for David, she quickly learns some things that make her afraid of David and what he’s capable of.
After about 30% of the way through this one, I was invested enough to keep reading and wanting to know what exactly was going on between these three and why. By the time I got to about 80% through, I was like ok this is going to be like many other thrillers out there—-and then it wasn’t.
Holy plot twists.
The last couple of pages were mind blowing. What in the world did I read!? The ending was absolutely crazy and I couldn’t believe how it ended and I am still reeling from it. I don’t know that I loved the story beginning to end but I do know that the ending was amazing and I loved how it took me by surprise.
Because this book is full of layers and focuses a lot of mental health, it’s a book I would probably go back and re-read just so I could make sure I fully understood all the things going on in this one. It was insane and a great thriller.