They say there is no greater love than a mother’s love for their child.
This is the case for Leona and her daughter Beth. The bond they share appears unbreakable and Leona has gone above and beyond to make sure Beth has had the best in life.
But Leona’s love has come with a price, she has alienated her daughter from the world, causing Beth now a teenager to pull away from her as she struggles to fit in at school with her peers.
There is a reason why Leona has been so fiercely protective of her daughter and the life she has built for them. She has a secret from her past, that if revealed, could lead to dangerous consequences for them both as well as Leona’s ‘husband’ Scott
As the story progresses we are shown glimpses of Leona’s past and we are soon privy to what she has been hiding, and the struggles she endured during a horrific time in her life which shows why she is so protective of her family.
When Beth comes across a hidden envelope containing information pertaining to her mother’s past, Leona has no choice but to reveal her secret which in turn puts all of their lives in danger!
This story started gently, easing the reader into it, then building momentum to an explosive heart pounding conclusion which was fabulous!
I still cannot believe that this is Wendy’s first psychological thriller! I was hooked from the start and read this in one sitting as I could not get enough!
It is so well written and shows a confidence that you would think that Wendy has been writing in this genre for years, and I hope that she will continue to do so.
The characters were very relatable and I really resonated with them. I felt each emotion that they all went through especially with Beth. I was really drawn to her character and felt her pain as she tried to find her place in the world.
I also loved the descriptions of Beth’s artwork and of the Lake District setting where the book was set.
This is a brilliant read and I look forward to more of Wendy’s work in the future.
Write fast Wendy! 😜
I can not recommend this book highly enough and I am thrilled to have a new favourite author to add to my list.
What She Saw was a slow burn of a story to begin with but once you get into it you really do struggle to put it down. Set in the beautiful Lake District this story just gets to you, even though it takes some time to work out really what is happening. Definitely worth sticking with, a twist that I did not pick.
Leona and her daughter Beth are close. Leona is a very protective mother and Beth is now a teenager and wanting some independence and freedom. But Leona has dark secrets that not even her husband knows about. She begins to have panic attacks and goes back to see her therapist. This is where we learn all about Ria... but who is she and how does she fit into the story?
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased