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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2019
Ms Mc Gowan weaves an intricate web of domestic horrors and this is only let down (in a minor way) by the ending which was just too convenient and lack lustre. The two main male characters are thoroughly awful. The female characters are servitude and at times, ‘wet’. I wanted to give them a good shake but this facet of their make up adds to the intrigue of the storyline.
Nora, once wealthy and married, moves next door to Suzi when her husband is killed. She learns that her husband had diverted all her savings.
Suzi is married to Nick who is the worst kind of controlling male. He’s horrible and virtually keeps Suzi a prisoner with his behaviour. Suzi is pregnant. She has been having an affair with a man who has disappeared, without a word. She doesn’t know, for certain, who the father of her baby is. The question is, ‘why is Nora so interested in Suzi?’
There’s also input from Elle and the question about her is, ‘what’s she got to do with the plot?’ Elle is a talented pianist who has riches from her playing. She is married to Patrick, a doctor, another controlling individual, full of lies.
As the storyline progresses, the connection between the characters starts to reveal itself. Thrown into the mix are two police personnel who are investigating the discovery of a body, in the area very close to where Nora and Suzi live.
Obviously, a great deal going on, which keeps the pace going. Despite the rather dubious ending and some unanswered questions, I would recommend this book. It’s far better than many of the ‘churned out efforts’ I’ve read recently.
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