‘I think you might be my father . . .’
When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family – particularly his wife Caroline – which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.
A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?
Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.
A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Henry Holt for the free copy of the book, and for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.
I’d rate this book a 3.75 out of 5 Stars.
This was a very detailed book, It’s written in a way that gives you insight into how Caroline and David live their day-to-day life Pre-Zoe, and then Post Zoe. So while it may appear slow to some readers, I took it as an example of how everyone lives had changed when Zoe made her announcement. How everything was just kind of mundane one day, and then spiraling out of control the next.
I will add that David was a character I was not to fond of. At one point in the book the only thing he really seemed to care about was Zoe, and I believe it was because of who her mom was. He completely ignored the concerns of his wife and his other children. Blew off the way his oldest was acting out, and made excuse after excuse.
I loved Caroline, she was a character with a good head on her shoulders, and she genuinely cared for her children. Wanted what was best for them.
This was not an intense thrill ride, it was more like a slow and steady ride. I wouldn’t call it horrible, or boring. It was a very good, very detailed story, about family, the secrets they keep, and the aftermath that happens when said secrets come out. Oh yea, that ending, it was pretty darn perfect!
This book is out Feb. 3rd. I will include pre-order link below.
Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award, he is a writer and course director in poetry at the Faber Academy in Dublin.
Karen Gillece is the author of four critically acclaimed novels. In 2009 she won the European Union Prize for Literature (Ireland).