The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…
Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.
Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
I have not read a book by S.E. Lynes that I did not love! This book was no different. I especially love the way S.E. Lynes alternates between perspectives and time periods giving the reader a chance to learn along side the characters. In this story, Carol, mother of Nicola and Graham, makes a life changing decision to wake in the middle of the night, grab her kids out of bed, and leave her house not knowing where her decision will take them. Flashing back to the beginning of Carol's story and learning about the heart pounding events that led up to that fateful night was the reason behind the furious page turning that resulted in me finishing this book lightening fast. Truth be told though, as with any heart-pounding thriller, I didn't want it to end. S.E. Lynes has managed to write another story with multiple layers and plot twists and unforgettable characters! 5 stars!!!