Amy Whey loves the life she’s created for herself after a very troubled time as a child and teenager. She’s married to a good man, mother to an infant son and a teenaged stepdaughter, with whom she has a strong relationship. She’s a scuba diving instructor, active within her community and best friend to her neighbor Charlotte who she adores. Char runs the neighborhood book club but Amy has hosted it in her basement as they grew in attendance. But the night mysterious new neighbor Angelica Roux shows up for the first time, she orchestrates a power shift that is all kinds of sly and crafty. It soon becomes clear to Amy that this woman is trouble and she’ll need her wits to protect all that she treasures from her machinations.
I cannot emphasize enough how emotionally disturbing this story was to me. It’s all due to Roux (as she preferred to be called). She was diabolical and even when I wasn’t all that happy with Amy, I just couldn’t bear seeing her win at her “game.” Amy has lots of explosive secrets from her past, which could disrupt the lives of all those she holds dear. Who <I>is</i> this woman and how did she manage to discover so much about Amy and other neighbors?
This was like foreseeing a highway pileup about to happen and being on the side of the road praying it doesn’t. Amy’s a complicated soul, struggling with her own innate tendencies to fight back using Roux’s tactics. It’s a fantastic challenge between good and evil, and not just between Amy & Roux but within Amy herself and the reader. I really wanted Roux to not win, which is different from losing. You’ll have to read the book for yourself to better understand that distinction. The author narrated her own story and she was way too good at portraying these characters! She got under my skin (can you tell?) with Roux and made me get her in a way I didn’t want. This is the ultimate in psychological thrillers and I’m just glad I made it through and came out on the other side.
- Release Date: July 30, 2019
- Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson (author)
- Audio Length: 13 hours, 22 minutes
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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(Thanks to HarperAudio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)