A tragic suicide?
When Rose’s daughter, Vivien, is found dead in a suspected suicide, Rose has questions nobody can answer. Wasn’t Vivien living the perfect life? A caring husband, a sweet little girl of her own.
Or the perfect murder?
But as the police investigation develops, their findings raise new questions. Did Vivien kill herself, or was she attacked? If so, who has something to hide?
As Rose struggles to piece together the secrets of her daughter’s life, the cracks in the family begin to show. But once Rose knows the answers, there’s no going back...
The first time I saw it, I was immediately attracted to this book's cover. I like the contrasting effect the bright blue forget-me-nots have over the rest of the cover that is chiefly black. Reading the intriguing blurb, only reinforced my wish to read the book.
This is a very tense, compelling and at times emotional read that kept me on my toes throughout. Unfortunately when I started this book, I was caught up with extra hours at work and I ended up frustrated, longing to immerse myself once again in this book and learn how the story develops.
Suicide or murder?
Vivien Kaye, a beautiful young woman is found dead on the floor of her bathroom. Her death is shrouded in mystery. Did she kill herself? Or was she murdered and the deed made to look like suicide?
Anger, guilt and grief are strong themes in this book. The story is mainly told from the pov of Rose, Vivien's mother, but we have the odd chapter from Vivien's pov as well. Though we have police involvement, this is not a police procedural. Rather than concentrating only on the solution of the mystery, the story mostly revolves around the relationship and psychological tensions between Rose, Vivien, Alexandra (Lexi) and the other characters.
"Grief is a physical sensation, a pain that makes us want to search and search, until we find the person we have lost."
Rose, a career-driven woman, has been mostly absent in her daughter's life. Now it's too late, but in the midst of all the grief she wants to redeem herself and offer her support to Lexi and Ben, Vivien's husband. But her good intentions will end up in a very bumpy ride for Rose...
As past and present collide, Rose realises that Vivien was not exactly the ideal daughter she thought she had. And someone from Rose's past is back to claim what's theirs.
Rose is a very strong character. She comes across as a rather cold, strong-willed, strict individual, however as the story develops we begin to see a softer, more fragile side to this woman that makes you warm to her.
The author kept me guessing till the end and at some point or other made me suspicious of every character in the story. The suspense in this book is almost tangible and I felt as if I was there with the characters in Vivien's cold bathroom or in her gloomy basement kitchen. At the end, when the truth was finally revealed, I was taken completely by surprise. I certainly wasn't expecting that!!
This was an enjoyable, intriguing read for me and while recommending it, I would like to thank Random House, UK, Transworld Publishing and Netgalley for approving my request to read and review this book.
Luana Lewis is a clinical psychologist and author of two non-fiction books. As well as writing for several newspapers, magazines and journals, she has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has also attended workshops at Arvon and City Lit.