About the book: Psychologist Natalie Marsh is a pro at keeping secrets. She not only guards her clients’ confidences but also expertly hides her own pain after being disinherited by her dying mother. As fresh personal challenges begin heaping on top of professional ones, Natalie’s best friend, Camille, confides that she thinks someone is stalking her. Natalie suspects that stress, not a stalker, is shadowing Camille—but Camille’s fear only continues to grow when the widow of a local businessman starts whispering that her husband was murdered and a new client of Natalie’s seems to be concealing something much more frightening than her inability to stand up for herself. Soon a shattering crime proves the danger is real. But when everyone has something at stake, is there anyone Natalie can trust? Or will she fall victim to a killer who will do anything to keep secrets hidden?
My review: Wow, what a fitting time of year to have read this one! I love that I read it around Halloween and there was plenty of suspense and wondering who the killer was in this one to keep me creeped out! I loved that there's a bit of love story in this one, the suspenseful plot really needed that bit of break for me.
I love that in this book you see things from multiple angles. You see what's up with Natalie, Lacey and Gideon pretty much throughout the book. It made the whole plot more interesting to see things from the perspective of these three, yet not really have any idea who the killer was. It was really fun that there were a whole slew of suspects but the killer was someone that I never would have expected. I was so surprised when I read the parts about who it was!
You start off seeing Lacey's point of view. It was really kind of hard to know just what was going on from her point of view, because she doesn't necessarily seem quite sane, especially when dealing with her husband Jonas who seems to be trying to control her. It was interesting to me to see just how she figured in the plot and how she fit into what really had happened.
Natalie ends up being Lacey's psychologist, those parts were kind of fun, because Lacey's half convinced that she's crazy and trying to hide that fact from Natalie. Natalie's pretty much the main character. She's trying to do her best with the life she's been given. Her mother apparently didn't care for her and left her whole fortune to her sister Andrea, who loves to flaunt that fact to Natalie every chance she gets. I loved how down to earth Natalie was, she was a great friend and all around great person.
This is a great book that I didn't want to put down until I had finished every last word!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.
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