After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Gray has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.
Naturally, as a mother, Natalie will do whatever it takes to protect her daughter but will she put her in more danger? And then there’s also the tragic death of a young girl. Suicide? Or something more sinister?
And of course there’s DCI Douglas, who I’m sure has his own fanclub by now. But I also really enjoyed Becky and Keith. It’s always a bonus when you find characters you can relate to. That’s also true for Natalie and Scarlett who have a complicated mother/daughter relationship which isn’t helped by the fact that both are keeping secrets so as not to hurt one another.
I’ve been reading this series since the start and have come to believe Rachel Abbott can do no wrong in my eyes and this latest book proved that once again. She’s like a master puppeteer, pulling your strings, leading you through a sticky web of lies and deceit and in this case, horrible events that are sadly all too realistic in the dark corners of life. Expertly woven sticky web though, with various threads coming together in the end. Gritty and unpredictable, nothing is what it seems and the best one in the series yet. 5* rating all the way!