Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …
Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.
Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …
First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…
But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?
Anna's painful past comes crashing back following a traffic accident...
Thirteen years ago something terrible happened to Anna and her family, something that has left her all alone in the world. A woman has destroyed her life and Anna has been looking out for this person all this time. Until one day a traffic accident brings her face to face with this woman...
Anna becomes obsessed with this woman and is desperate to finally seek revenge. To obtain information on her she starts to get close to Liam, the motorist who was thrown off his bike by the woman's car, and his gran Ivy. Anna soon becomes so consumed with her revenge that the life she has so painstakingly built over time begins to unravel and crumble once more.
Without confusing the reader, the story bounces back and forth between two related stories, thirteen years apart. One concentrates on Anna and her brother Danny as kids. The other, in the present.
Anna is damaged goods. She had a terrible childhood and survived some awful circumstances. She lives a solitary life with just her cat for company. Her 'friend', an elderly neighbour who has looked after her all these years. She suffers from OCD, going around her house checking everything is locked and closed and in order, but she also does strange, irrational things that are not done by the average sane person. At times I wasn't sure whether she's imagining things or actually doing them. Due to the way she behaves, I sincerely didn't know what to think of her. I'm not sure if I actually liked her or not. I found her to be rather irritating and awkward at times and since she's the central character in this book, well, this has left me a bit meh.
Don't get me wrong, the plot is original and well thought out and kept me interested throughout. The book is brilliantly written and doesn't feel like a debut novel. The author's writing is vivid and colourful drawing the reader in, for example: "His eyes were big pools of olive-coloured misery in a bleached, impoverished face."
I was really curious to find out to what lengths Anna was prepared to go in order to seek revenge and how everything will be wrapped up and exposed at the end. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book and was rather surprised by the way the story developed.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read this book through NetGalley.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, 'Safe with Me' is published on 3rd November 2016.
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim's daughter, Francesca, and Mac's sons, Nathan and Jake.
She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.
Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
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