Don’t Trust This Book
Don’t Trust These People
Don’t Trust Yourself
And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…
‘Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession’ Harlan Coben
Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…
Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…
Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.
But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?
One of those failing marriages and a secret past kind of story, yet nothing is really quite as it seems, which keeps you attentive and alert your mind rushing ten thousand miles per hour to resolve the puzzle with no idea where to begin.
I have never read a book quite like this.
The story follows three main characters, Adele, David and Louise with a fourth character referred to as a link to the past, Rob, this character is part of Adele’s history, a friend within her recovery after tragedy hit, a permanent reminder of how she has struggled to battle her demons although we find that his presence is persistent throughout the story and as we are slowly drip fed the pieces of information at a time it feels that Adele had never quite broken the tie that binds them as one.
I believe Adele was just a lonely lost girl looking for something other than broken love. At 18 still very young, naive and innocent. Very easily influenced Adele is easily persuaded and willing to please. The friendship with Rob is solid and loving but I find it is David that completes the circle, bringing the three together. David binds them together, the one person Adele lives and breathes for, yet Rob is unsure and disturbed by the controlling aspect of David’s nature unable to agree with the suffocation he bestowed upon his friend. This has always caused a rift in the marriage.
Adele and Rob have their connection being able to discuss their bad dreams and solutions at will, another connection, another secret from David.
Then enters Louise.
Louise meets David in a bar and connects with him at once. Louise is lonely and feeling unloved, trying to survive the single parent life style and keep her happiness in the balance. This woman once scorn needs the attention, craves the love of David. Through David Louise meets Adele, his wife and a strong friendship begins to bloom but secrets are kept and nothing appears as it seems.
Adele needs a friend, new to the area, hoping for a ‘fresh start’ she immediately takes an interest in Louise latching on instantaneously. Louise is easily influenced still feeling the hurt from her ex husband’s recent news. Even though Louise is initially unsure it doesn’t take long for her to come around to being friends with Adele, which she keeps from David. Another secret.
The plan is in place, the trap is set, the game begins
Riveted to the pages as the relationships progress and we witness as Louise rides her tortured roller coaster of emotions on their journey as the relationships between the three develop. Louise follows the instructions to a tee plays her part beautifully and with ease, without the realisation dawning until it is way too late. The triangle between the three is fast paced and highly charged keeping the reader flipping through the pages at breakneck speed.
I was never sure which character I had an alliance with. I didn’t know who to trust and would shift between Adele and David. Whilst David was strong masculine and controlling Adele was manipulated vulnerable and weak. Yet disturbing in her intensity. She frightened me with certain aspects of her behaviour which only increases the belief in the story David is trying to protect Louise from.
Louise is the puppet, the pawn the game piece. It’s her I feel sorry for. A part of a cruel game in manipulation and mind games draining her of rationale and reason.
An amazing read leaving with reeling with stunned shock after reading the conclusion.
I had no suspicions, no preempted ideas and not a clue how everything would end. With 6% remaining all the loose ends tied together bringing with it the final clear sharp picture. It was nothing I was expecting. Pure genius.