It has been a long time since a crime fiction author has had me stumped regarding who the killer is. When I began reading, thrillers and detective novels were my favourite and possibly only genre I read. But after reading a zillion crime fiction books and watching several crime shows on telly, I could pretty much predict who the killer or thief or kidnapper was after the first few chapters (or minutes in the case of telly). But Sophie Hannah managed to stump me. Which means she is not following the same pattern that most crime fiction authors do.
Sally Thorning is a working mum of two living with her husband and kids in a flat she doesn’t particularly like, and working full time in a job she loves. Of course, she has to juggle being a mum and a career woman. The one regret Sally has is that she cheated on her husband once about a year ago when she was supposed to be away on work. Sally spent the week with a man, Mark Bretherick (also a married family man) who she met at the hotel on her first day. However, since then, Sally has had nothing to do with Mark. Until a year on, she hears on the news that Mark Bretherick’s wife and daughter are dead, supposedly a murder suicide. Only problem is, the bereaved Mark Bretherick on the news is not the man Sally had an affair with a year ago.
The initial theory for the cops is that Geraldine Bretherick (Mark’s wife) killed their daughter Lucy and then herself. Based on a diary found on her laptop, it appears that Geraldine was not fond of being a mother. However, everyone who knows Geraldine disagrees and assert that she loved Lucy and loved being a mum. So did Geraldine in fact kill Lucy and herself? If not, who did?
What is Sally Thorning’s role in all of this? Why is someone out to hurt her?
And are the persons connected?
It’s a thrilling ride and keeps you intrigued with the twists and turns. There are some bits which are a tad absurd such as past conversations between 6 year old Lucy and her friends which sound a lot like 10 year olds talking. But the mystery aspect is definitely worth reading. What lies within people’s heads and why they behave the way they do is explored.
Recommended for a light but intriguing read, I give it a rating of 3.
And now I am going to look for her other books at the library.
Until next time,