It all started with the email. It came through to her boyfriend's iPad in the middle of the night. Rachel didn't even mean to look. She loves Jack, and she's pregnant with their child. She trusts him. But now she's seen it, she can't undo that moment, or the chain of events it has set in motion. Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn't Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?
This is a book firmly set in the here and now - with a story line that could not really exist in this form without the social media society we live in.
The story begins when Rachel sees an email - which catapults her onto a trail of doubting her boyfriend and father to her unborn baby. We discover that Rachel used to be a Doctor and accused her last boyfriend of so many things, which could have been paranoia - or was it? We find out that her Mother, now deceased, was found to have been having a secret affair, and this has led Rachel to really never trust anything she knows ever again.
The book does flip flop between the present day and one year ago, each chapter is labelled, so there is no doubt which era you are reading about.
Rachel begins to uncover some things she didn't know about her boyfriend - after all she has only known him for a few months. What follows is a discovery by Rachel of someone she thought she knew, but at the same time she has her own secrets, which she isn't giving up to anyone.
I really liked the narrative to this story. It's written in an easy to read style meaning I began to get more and more intrigued about Rachel's boyfriend, but also her own past. I also learnt a few things about the Scottish law and the internet too.
The characters are well written and even the supporting characters have some depth to them. I cringed at Rachel's boss trying to tell her to retype a letter, when she with her medical background had saved his bacon. He decides she must have been a nurse - how very condescending! The book has many true to life scenarios like this and that made it all the more real and down to earth for me.
Rachel after a while developed a whining voice in my head, and I began to get a little annoyed with her, especially as by now we knew her secret. It did balance out in the end and was an unusual story with a what I thought was a satisfactory ending.
I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. My thanks go to Netgalley for providing me with an advance review copy of the book.