|4.0 out of 5 stars -- Obsession and betrayal - the darker side of female friendship.|
This fast-paced psychological thriller is one of those books where you don't want to know too much about before you begin. Avoid the reviews and just open the pages so that you will get the full impact of the story without any spoilers.
The narrative is told in alternating points of view and jumps back and forth in time from when the two women were in high school and present day. It is quite suspenseful and the reader feels the menace of something hinted at beneath the surface of each woman's thoughts.
BEFORE: Fremton -- last year of high school. Unpopular Heather is infatuated and happy with her new BFF Edie. But the pretty Edie falls hard for a controlling, abusive boyfriend and Heather is pushed away. What's a best friend to do?
AFTER: London. Seventeen years later, Edie is a single mom suffering postnatal depression when Heather reappears in the nick of time to help out with baby Maya while Edie zones out. When Edie finally gets her act together, she wants Heather to leave. But Heather has grown attached to Maya.
Suspense builds as the climax nears. Of course there's a twist and the reader is expecting one because that's the nature of recent books in this genre. But the book is so cleverly written the reader might just be taken by surprise this time.
When the painful past comes to the present, beware. Some things are not forgotten...or forgiven.
I really enjoyed this and think it would be a great one for book club discussion and debate. The nature of female friendships, the tumultuous years of high school, the casual cruelty of adolescents -- it's a compulsive read that you will find hard to put down!
Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the e-book ARC to review.