In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The reveals that started once I moved past the first part of the book were satisfyingly surprising and I found myself looking back for the clues leading to them. The last section of the book moved at a great pace and I found it difficult to put down. Clare Mackintosh tells a great story and I thought Murray was particularly well written. That said, I struggled in the beginning and very nearly put it down at an early stage. It was only the good reviews from others that I trust that kept me reading - I'm very glad I did, but this was definitely a slow burn.
I've read you other books, and they were really excellent. However your latest one is definitely the one that held my attention most, and I was mesmerised by it because of your charactersation. I read quite a lot of police procedurals/thrillers/crime novels, and this is one of the best yet. You read so much stuff where it's all two dimensional. The plotting was excellent and I am loath to admit this, but I had tears running down my face at the later "Murray" Chapters. Maybe you could think about bringing Murray back in some shape or form. He's such a strongly written character that I feel he could carry a whole series on his own. You might put it away and think about it for a bit.Congratulations from me in Australia on a great book!
I’ve only just discovered this author and I’m so glad I did. Her books are way more than what you are expecting from the story blurb. When you think you’ve worked it out, you haven’t. Do yourself a favour and read one.
Just over 18 months ago Anna Johnson's father committed suicide, 7 months later her mother, unable to cope with the grief of her husband's death, does exactly the same at the same notorious suicide spot. Struggling to cope with both her parents deaths and the birth of her baby daughter, Anna is preparing to deal with the first anniversary of her mum's passing and still cannot believe that her parents would actually do what they did, so when she receives a card through the door with a cryptic message she begins to question what did actually happen and decides to look into it further, but nothing prepares her for the truth.
Clare Mackintosh in her true inimitable style shocks the reader time and again during this book with her WTF moments and each time had me flipping back to make sure I had read it properly, and the twists keep on coming right to the end.
This particular story hit a nerve with me as i experienced many of the issues here with a member of my own family when I was younger and I think the author covered all these subjects superbly. It was a tough one to read at times but definitely worth it and I would highly recommend you do.