I stumbled upon this book on one of my regular amazon.com prowls. I’m trying not to spend any more money I don’t have on books, so usually I’ll just put books I find on my wishlist (which you can totally see by clicking if you’re feeling generous or just nosy) and see how I feel about them after a few days. I kept thinking about the blurb of this story; it’s just so haunting! So of course I went and bought it. First book I’ve bought this year.
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.
The little girl, Carla is honestly one of the most cunning characters I’ve ever read. Just crazy. One thing this book showed me is how strongly the way a parent lives can affect their child’s life and how important it is to deal with the tragedies in our past, because past issues left unhandled tend to keep arising in our future.
It is a thrilling pageturner with soo many twists and turns. I read the second half of this book in one day and as is the case when I read really good books, I dreamed of the characters a lot and thought about them even days after I’d completed the book. This story will entertain you and then stay with you. At the end of the day, it leaves you asking “Do you really know the ones you love?”
Can a man ever be just friends with a woman when the relationship is over?
Two lies. Small white ones. Designed to make the other feel better. But that’s how some lies start. Small. Well meaning. Until they get too big to handle.
It’s the water bit that freaks me out. Murder should be committed with something nasty like a sharp blade or a rock, or poison, like the Borgias. But a bath should be safe. Comforting. Like the woody-green District line. Like honeymoons.
‘People show emotion in different ways. Who is to say that the person who wails loudest is the most distressed?’
His voice sounded different from Tuesdays and Thursdays and the sometimes-Sundays. It was hard, like old skin on your foot which you had to smooth off every evening, just as Mamma did with a grey stone in the shower.
A murderer is always a murderer in the public eye, even if proved innocent.
When a couple go through a tragedy, they either become closer than before or drift apart.
Who was he kidding? Himself? Artists, I was beginning to learn, were good at that. Then again, so are lawyers. Both have to act. To play the part. To get inside someone else’s soul …
Coincidences are one of those things which sound contrived until they happen in real life.
It’s a salutary reminder that the past is only a second ago. The present merely exists for a brief second too, before being relegated to history.
It occurred to me then, as it occurs to me frequently, that one never really knows a person properly. Especially ourselves. Every human is a melting pot of contradictions.
That’s the other odd thing about a long marriage ending, at least for me. However bad it was, there were also good patches. And it’s those that I tend to remember.
Yet sometimes you have to do something wrong before you can make things right.
The fact that you no longer have a right to grieve for someone you once shared your life with makes the pain even worse.
I gave it 4/5 stars because I felt a bit winded by all the twists in the plot, but its a really good book. I’m looking forward to Jane Corry’s next book.