Top divorce lawyer, Laura Maxwell, appears to have it all – perfect career, perfect husband, perfect life. But how well do you really know the people around you? All it takes is one tiny crack to shatter the whole façade.
A series of accidents leads Laura to believe that someone out there is deliberately trying to harm her. The fear starts to pervade every part of her life, affecting her work and her marriage. Increasingly, she feels that no one believes her story, and she must face down her attacker alone. One woman, fighting to survive in a nightmare world.
Worldbuilding: I liked the contemporary setting, the whole lawyers world tangent was interesting.
Characters: Laura was interesting, I liked the concept of her very much. She was accomplished, smart, ambitious, independent yet not evil (divorce lawyer… yeah, evil vibes can easily make it in there, lol!). Awesome concept, but I didn’t feel anything for or about her. Not even toward the end there, when she’s attacked.
Other characters were less developed though almost as present, like Anna – I would have loved more from her, a strong antagonist makes these reads shine for me -, or Joe, or Henry.
Plot: The story was interesting, and it kept me guessing for a good while there. I never would have suspected who the nutjob was. Kudos for that!
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, multiple POVs – and here is where things didn’t work out for me. I don’t much like third person, and the more POVs, the worse it gets for me. The somewhat rigid, factual writing style killed my feels entirely, I’m sad to say. Personal preference, of course. One of my pet peeves also made an appearance – flashbacks. Not many, but even a few kill my enthusiasm.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good presentation.
This was more of a 2.5 butterflies read, I think. It had a lot of potential to be a way more exciting read, but the writing style simply couldn’t have done it for me. I had no emotional response whatsoever to any of it, despite liking the concept and finding it clever. If you lean more toward a more classic, more traditional tone of writing, more facts, few thrills, it will probably do more for you.
So I do recommend it if you’re into multi-POV thrillers and like a more factual writing style. Give the first chapter a read to get a proper feel for it(it’s on the CATHERINE HUNT’s website, for instance). The story was entertaining and I didn’t see the plot twist coming until it hit, something I really love in crime fiction.
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