About the Author: USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist.
She has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
She currently writes domestic suspense novels for Hachette UK's Bookouture, rural romance for Harper Collins Australia's Mira imprint, and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.
She loves chatting on social media!
Genre: Women’s Psychological Fiction, Women’s Crime Fiction
Synopsis: Trusting his family was her first mistake.
All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.
Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.
Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.
But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.
And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…
This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!
I thought this book was a good mystery and it definitely drew me in. It also kept me guessing about who the villain might be. I changed my guess three times and it wasn't until the end that everything started to make sense and become clear.
I also loved the family dynamics. The book was told from multiple POVs. Even though not all of the main characters had a POV chapter, you were still able to get some backstory, learn various secrets, and it definitely kept you guessing about who the true villain was.
However, I did struggle with this book. The title on Goodreads calls it "an absolutely gripping and emotional page-turner with a brilliant twist." I was expecting it to have a twist like Gone Girl, but in my opinion, it fell flat in this regard. Honestly, the only real big shock was that Grayson was the one that sent the emails. Overall though, I thought the book was fine, I just would have liked to have seen more.
P.S. Rita, you absolutely must not get back together with Grayson. The man and his family are crazy. Run while you still can. ;)
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This novel releases October 11, 2019.