Those who promote their books as a "psychological thriller" would do well to study this book by B A Paris - although the cover does not shout this as some do, to me this was a true psychological thriller.
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but it was not what I got. I read it in one day which is not how I usually read a book, but I had to know what was going to happen. When I wasn't reading the book I was still thinking about it which to mean is the sign of a good book.
The book lulls you into a false sense of security at the beginning - much like what happens to Grace. Then the flashbacks begin and we start to realise what is behind the closed doors. I have in the past been a little confused by flashbacks in books - flipping between the past and the present. In this book I am so pleased that the author took the decision to label the parts "past" and "present" simples! You know exactly where you are all the time and for once it did add to the gripping storyline.
There was one piece in particular in the book that I had to skim read - as it was a truly horrible event. Most of the book doesn't make for comfortable reading but then that's why I class it a psychological thriller.
For me the heroine of this book is Millie, Grace's sister. Millie has Down's Syndrome and is such a delightful character - a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise drab world that the author has created for Grace. I won't spoil the plot but I gave out a little hooray at one point when Millie comes good.
I had a little tear in my eye at the end of the book - if you read it too, I think you will understand why.
A great first book from B A Paris and I look forward to more.
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars - #unputdownable!
My thanks go to Netgalley for a free e copy of this book to review.