Natty and Sean were high school sweethearts, now married with two teenage daughters and running the local hotel that they own. When Natty’s good friend Eve is in town for a visit, she thinks nothing of leaving her with her family when she rushes out of town to tend to one of her daughters who has fallen ill on a school trip. When Natty returns a couple weeks later, she finds that Eve has not only inserted herself into the family comfortably but her husband is now in love with her college friend. After receiving an anonymous note that Eve has done this before, Natty is determined to expose Eve for what she is and to get her family back.
What an incredibly compelling premise that, I fear, probably happens more often than one would think. So often we think of murders, ghosts or detective/spy novels as thrillers but Daly has once again managed to take something that hits more close to home for her story. Like her first novel, Just What Kind of Mother Are You, this second book also explores the dynamics of friendship when the unthinkable happens to rock the boat.
While I thought some aspects of the narrative could have been explored more and developed further, I couldn’t put this book down. Not only was the story intriguing, the characters and their actions were often times infuriating. So infuriating that I had to keep reading to find out what happens with them! There were some supporting cast that seemed to play a bigger role than their character development let on. I also felt the pacing of it to start and end quite abruptly. I was curious as to how this whole thing would pan out and the timing of events that kick off the drama, to the resolution, felt very quick and sudden. That being said, the central part of the overall story was very dynamic and the fast-paced manner worked for the “meat” of it.
Ever since her first book, I’ve become a huge fan of Daly’s and the topics and style that she writes in. This one certainly didn’t disappoint and it had me turning the pages right to the very end! So many books now seem to compare it to Gillian Flynn’s novels but I do think that if you’re a fan of Gone Girl (and her other books: Sharp Objects and Dark Places) that you’d like this book as well. A great contemporary thriller with very close-to-home horrors.