Lindsey Nash was living her own private nightmare in her own home. Husband Andrew seemed perfect, loving and attentive to everyone, including Lindsey’s family. But alone with her, he was controlling, threatening and hypersensitive to every move she made. When things escalated, she found her moment to escape to freedom but it came at a high cost.
This story had a slow build, starting provocatively so that you knew early on what was to come next. I liked the approach used to portray the situations, beginning in the past and transitioning back and forth to the present. It’s not a unique storytelling device but it was executed effectively with good timing. The tension was always there but gradually heightened as things progressed to an extremely exciting climax.
What makes this story standout from others focused on domestic abuse is in its subtlety. Andrew’s abuse isn’t extreme and probably represents the more common experience. The damage to Lindsey is more psychological but the outcome is the same. I thought the author got it right and achieved the more accurate resonance. Also, using two narrators for Lindsey and daughter, Sophie’s voice and points of view made for a great listening experience. The contrasts in their perspectives of like events was fascinating and eye opening.
It’s not often that I completely miss a twist at the end of a mystery or thriller. I NEVER saw it coming, which says a lot for the quality of this story. It’s my first book by this author and I’m now a fan.
- Release Date: March 14, 2017
- Narrators: Rachel Fulginiti & Caitlin Davies
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 56 minutes
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio