A well paced thriller with enough suspense to keep you reading waiting to find out what happens. You expect a twist and it delivers. It also has interesting subtexts on marriage, parenting & social class which add flavour to the overall mix.
Wow – what a hell of a ride this book was! It was also so much fun to read. Which makes me a little bit concerned about my own sanity, seeing how there were some pretty dark themes at play here: murder, torture, sexual predators, lies and infidelity. But, oh so very entertaining!
On the surface, Millicent and her husband are just an ordinary suburban married couple. Millicent sells real estate, whilst her husband gives tennis lessons to the rich bored housewives in the area. They come home at night, cook dinner, help the kids with their homework and ferry them around to their various sporting activities. They have strict rules in their household. Their children are well behaved and respect their parents. But at night when the kids are asleep, the couple meet for “date nights” in the garage where they pursue their own interests. Pretty normal, huh? Except that this is not stamp collecting, gardening or tinkering in the shed. Because Millicent and her husband are the sort of couple who like a thrill, and nothing makes them more excited than ....
STOP! No, I cannot give their delicious little secrets away here. Go into this book blindly and let it sweep you away in its murky current of WTH!!! You can thank me later ....
I loved every crazy minute of this unusual story. What made it even better was the lively discussion that ensued in our buddy read group. I think that every single one of us was blown away how entertaining and unique this book was. In a market oversaturated with psychological thrillers, Downing still managed to carve out a special niche for herself. Plus, she still manages to sneak in a damn good twist *applause*!
Macabre, shocking, twisted but unputdownable are the words that instantly spring to mind. Despite its dark themes, I think that this books will also appeal to readers who like a lighter mystery, as it doesn’t dwell on the serious and the gory. I cannot go into the story for fear of spoilers, even though I am itching to tell you my favourite parts of it! So all I will say is: do yourself a favour and pick up this book today. Or, even better, read it with a friend or a group, because you will want to SMS someone in the middle of the night as the crazy things unfold in front of your eyes. By far one of the more original books I have read in a long time, and one that I can highly recommend to all lovers of the genre! A great binge read – lock your doors, make sure you are stocked up on food and bevies and just enjoy the ride.
‘Hmmm’ I thought a few chapters into this book...is this really for me? But yet I couldn’t stop reading....in the beginning.
A normal family?...husband and wife married for 15 years with two children but what lengths does the husband have to keep his wife Millicent happy and his marriage alive. That’s all I’m going to say about the synopsis as it’s one of these books where its best not to know. This started great for me but as I read on I really started to loose interest. I really didn’t like any of the characters (I presume we’re not meant to) and I really didn’t care what happened to them or the family. Consequently I didn’t quite put it aside but I did start skimming. The narration by the unnamed husband didn’t really work for me either, maybe that’s where it fell flat. I’m glad I had a chance to read it as I see a number of positive reviews out there but don’t think this was one for me.
Thankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read.
Samantha Downing - what an explosive debut you have! WOW! I couldn't get enough of this book and smashed it in 2 days. After the first chapter I knew that I was going to be in for a wild ride - only I did not realise how wild it was going to be. I was totally addicted.. thank you Samantha for a brilliant read.
This is a really hard book to write a review on without giving anything away. As for the plot - all you need to know is this... we have a happy family - husband, wife and 2 kids. Mum is a real estate agent and dad teaches tennis. All completely normal right? Only this couple have a very very dark secret - and it will blow your mind.
Enough said! You need to read this book - it is fantastic and will keep you up way past your bedtime.
Thanks to Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased