Narrator: Caitlin Davies, Rachel Fulginiti
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on March 14, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 56 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
A stunning and thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Chevy Stevens. The author of Still Missing targets her readers with a novel that hits all the notes they have come to expect from her--and ratchets up the stakes even more.
Lindsey Nash is starting over with her new life after leaving her abusive ex-husband who was sent to jail. She has her own business and is raising her teenage daughter who needs her now more than ever.
When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?
Lindsey Nash was living her own private nightmare in her own home. Husband Andrew seemed perfect, loving and attentive to everyone, including Lindsey’s family. But alone with her, he was controlling, threatening and hypersensitive to every move she made. When things escalated, she found her moment to escape to freedom but it came at a high cost.
This story had a slow build, starting provocatively so that you knew early on what was to come next. I liked the approach used to portray the situations, beginning in the past and transitioning back and forth to the present. It’s not a unique storytelling device but it was executed effectively with good timing. The tension was always there but gradually heightened as things progressed to an extremely exciting climax.
What makes this story standout from others focused on domestic abuse is in its subtlety. Andrew’s abuse isn’t extreme and probably represents the more common experience. The damage to Lindsey is more psychological but the outcome is the same. I thought the author got it right and achieved the more accurate resonance. Also, using two narrators for Lindsey and daughter, Sophie’s voice and points of view made for a great listening experience. The contrasts in their perspectives of like events was fascinating and eye opening.
It’s not often that I completely miss a twist at the end of a mystery or thriller. I NEVER saw it coming, which says a lot for the quality of this story. It’s my first book by this author and I’m now a fan.
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