Lydia Fitzsimons and her husband get caught up in some deadly business that takes a wrong turn. He’s a judge and she comes from a prestigious family so there’s a lot at stake. The things that happen afterwards are shocking, unpredictable, diabolical and…fascinating.
The opening line of this story sets the tone: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” Obviously, it got my undivided attention from that moment and I never got distracted. It’s delivered through three points of view: Lydia’s, Annie’s sister Karen, and Lydia’s son, Laurence. There aren’t many more details I can share without ruining your reading opportunity but I can tell you that there aren’t any heroes here or many likable characters. However, I couldn’t stop listening because I needed to know more, about these people and whether it would have some acceptable resolution and the motivations surrounding Annie’s murder.
Three narrators were used for this story and I’m so glad I opted for the audio version because all of them delivered stellar performances. I could vividly see Lydia, every facial expression and physical characteristic. When the story concluded, I knew there was no other ending that would have worked but it was dark. This is my second book by the author and she’s now an auto read, including the audio format as real care and attention is being given to who is selected to represent the characters. They made a really good book an exceptional reading experience. Just don’t expect the stories to be sweetness and light. This is the very definition of a psychological thriller.
- Release Date: June 12, 2018
- Narrators: Caoilfhinn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
- Audio Length: 8 hours, 33 minutes
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)