Wow. I’ve got to say it again. Wow. This was the most suspenseful book that I’ve read in a long time, and the suspense lasted right through to the last page. It was dark, creepy, scary – it was everything you know you shouldn’t be reading but can’t resist. I could not put this book down. I must now read all the books that Elizabeth Hayes has written as soon as I can get my hands on them. Have I mentioned before how much I love British authors?
The story maintains the same narrator, Catherine, as it switches between years (2003/4 and 2007/8). This put me off a bit in the beginning, because you never know how important it is to keep track of the time until you get a bit into a story. My advice – don’t worry about it with this one, think of it as simply Then and Now. In the Then, Catherine is an outgoing party girl who gets the boyfriend who makes all of her friends jealous. In the Now, Cathy is an introverted homebody almost crippled by her OCD and fear. The story of how she got that way is intense. They story of her trying to move on and take her life back is intense. The culmination of the book is, for lack of a better word, intense.
This book disturbed me in a way that few books do because the story didn’t just seem possible – it seems real. Haynes is one of my new favorite authors and I’m definitely going to read her other books. 5 stars and a night light!