Lisa lives a very quiet life. A single mother nearing forty, she devotes herself to raising her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Wary of men, Lisa doesn’t speak of her past or Ava’s absent father. Her best friend Marilyn wishes she would open up more and maybe finally go on a date—with the sexy new client who’s obviously keen—but Marilyn has problems of her own.
Ava is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager—chill with friends, go to swim practice, study for exams, have a boyfriend. Her mom would freak if she knew that Ava’s already got someone special, someone who makes her feel sophisticated—and wanted.
Lisa has spent a long time looking over her shoulder, but lately she’s been especially uneasy. Small things from the past have begun to appear in the present, feeding her anxiety. As her life begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won’t be enough. She’ll need help from the only person she can trust—Marilyn. Between them they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. Truly honest. Marilyn did promise she’d do anything to help.
But a long time ago, Lisa made a promise too. Then she broke her word. And that betrayal hasn’t been forgotten—or forgiven.
Now, someone is going to make her pay for her sin.(Synopsis and Photo from Goodreads)
Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow Books #Partner for the E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars. (An added Star for the way this book tore me apart)
Sarah Pinborough has done it again, however this one is going to be much harder for me to review than BEHIND HER EYES. One reason being the synopsis doesn’t say what the promise and betrayal was, and that was the part of the book that affected me the most. So I am going to skip over that part so that I do not spoil it for anyone. But I will add, it really was an emotionally draining book. It will affect others in other ways though.
The whole time I was reading this book, I was filled with a sense of dread, and I say that in the best way possible. I didn’t know what each chapter was going to hold, every character has something very intense going on with them, so when you get to their chapter, you do not get a sense of relief, you get a sense of “What the hell else can happen?”
Pinborough is quickly climbing the ranks as one of my favorite authors. She has the greatest story ideas, both books have been so unique and heart pounding, I cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. My mind has been blown twice now.
Also, I want to add there are trigger warnings in this book, I don’t want to mention them cause it will give away huge parts of this plot. But If you really, really need to know what they are, I am sure you can Google it.
This book is out Sept. 4th. I will include some helpful links below.