While serving in Afghanistan, her sister Claire was murdered. Once she returned home, she and her husband Joe were attacked in the park – she escaped but Joe didn’t. Struggling with her PTSD and trying to raise her daughter, a friend suggest she installs a secret nanny-cam in her daughter’s bedroom. One night, she checks the footage – and to her horror, she sees a man playing with her daughter. But it’s not just any man – it’s her “dead” husband.
Determined to get to the bottom of things, Maya soon finds that the trail of bodies goes further back than her sister – and there may be more to come.
It’s been a long time since I read something by Harlan Coben. I used to read them a lot, but for some reason, it’s been a while since I went back to the author. It might well be that since starting the blog, I’ve certainly expanded the range of my reading. Or it might be that I was disappointed by the last one that I read. Weirdly, I can remember where I read it – a cabin outside Hill City in South Dakota – lovely place – but nothing about the book at all. Not even the title. But I do remember enjoying the first of his books that I’d read, especially the Myron Bolitar series. So when I saw that his latest was available for review on NetGalley, I thought, why not?
Coben’s thrillers are twisty things, usually with one big twist at the end. Not the easiest genre to succeed in, as the twist needs to hang in that gap between vaguely believable and not obvious, but Coben is a master at this sort of thing. This time though?
Hard to say – to be honest, I’m still thinking about how well this one works. It’s certainly clever – not an original gambit by any means, but it caught me out as the plot bounced around from event to event. And the plot is important here, as the problem with the lead character is that she is (by her nature) hard to relate to and as we spend the entire book in her company, her outlook means that the characterisation is a little dry. As I said, a convincing reflection of her character but it made the book a little hard to invest in at times. Given the nature of the ending, I would usually go back and re-read earlier chapters to see if it hangs together – but there wasn’t quite enough of a draw to do so.
So, if you’re a fan of the twisty fast-paced thriller, then this is Worth A Look.