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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1786816571
- Publisher: Bookouture (October 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FLLD8T9
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When Zoe Monaghan begins looking into Ethan’s death, everyone involved—family members and friends, and even school friends—hide dark secrets which could harm or even destroy them, plus their families. What secret is Josh’s parents hiding? Why is Ethan’s dad always at work and never home? What caused the rift between Ethan and Josh? What was Josh really like? Did Harley, Ethan’s older brother, have anything to do with the drownings? As a reader, I asked: Who is the unnamed POV man? Is this character’s thoughts time-jumping? Who is this man obsessed with, and which young man was he grooming and stalking?
To this author’s credit, she chose a still-controversial topic and handled it skillfully and with sensitivity. Here are Zoe’s words from the last chapter: “Neither Jake or I have ever been prejudiced against anyone for their beliefs, sexual orientation or anything else, and all we ever wished for our sons was that they never hurt anyone.”
Zoe is a mother who lost her son three years ago and has been dealing with not only her grief but also her husband and surviving son’s. One day Zoe gets a note that tells her she needs to look into Ethan’s death and that things were not what they seemed with the police ruling it a tragic accident.
Everyone Zoe talks to tried to convince her that the warning has to be some kind of sick joke and can’t possibly be true. The boys had sneaked out that night while in Zoe’s care so her guilt has never gone away and now she really needs to find out the truth of just what happened that night even if it means investigating herself.
The story is told from changing the point of view between several different characters with Zoe being the most but there’s also an unknown voice that leads readers onto what had happened. Even with the various voices I found the story easy to follow and hard to trust anyone keeping the pages turning all throughout. Another great read from this author that I’d definitely recommend checking out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Three years earlier, Zoe Monaghan and her husband, Jake, lost the younger of their two sons. Ethan, age 14, and his best friend Josh somehow fell into a nearby river and drowned after inexplicably sneaking out in the middle of the night; both deaths were deemed accidental. Unable to deal with the emotional upheaval, Zoe, Jake and their remaining son, Harley, move to London, leaving Josh's parents, Roberta and Adrian - who simply can't afford to relocate. At their new location, Jake and his friend Liam are working hard to get their business going, so Jake isn't around to offer much emotional support for his wife and son.
Out of the blue, Zoe - a nurse at at a fertilization clinic - gets an anonymous email claiming that Ethan's death wasn't an accident. While Jake is dismissive (and isn't willing to stir the coals of an old and very destructive fire), Zoe is determined to get to the bottom of the message. She's not sure it isn't a prank at this point, but neither is she willing to disregard it. Ignoring advice from Jake and the local police, she sets out to contact anyone and everyone who knew Ethan and Josh back then to at the very least find out why they went to the river in the first place. By all accounts, Josh is headstrong almost to the point of incorrigible; but her son, she insists, had his head on straight and wouldn't have gone along with anything he felt was wrong.
As time - and more mysterious emails - go along, readers learn that just about everyone involved has secrets (some much darker than others). Some offer clues to the drownings, while others threaten to disrupt the lives of the major characters for totally different reasons. Thrown in the mix are chapters from the perspective of another anonymous character - an apparent stalker of an unknown victim. Who both turn out to be provides yet another twist to a road already filled with unexpected turns.
In short, outstanding - and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.