A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.
Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.
This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?
As soon as I saw the cover I was ensnared. The cover is so apt and adds to the thrill of the story. And the blurb in turn had me eager to try this author and book. So without much waiting I pushed into the story.
I felt a bit disoriented at the beginning of the book. It took me a few chapters to get my characters and time lines straight. I had a bit of a difficult time jumping between Kell's and Beck's point of stories. But it added a lot more effect to the story. The 2 stories unfolding side by side had me paying rapt attention to the progress.
Inspite of my intrigued interest, I was slow in reading the book. The pace was normal but I wasn't able to attain the flowing pace which usually characterizes a thriller for me. I don't know if it was my problem or it was one with the author's writing style. But I had to slow down now and then to read through the pages. The writing was denser and slow to follow.
The pages of the book wasn't full of action even the thrilling type. But more of a slow unraveling of the threads of a past crime from the bystander and the crime doer sides. I was very much immersed trying to figure out puzzle of Beck's and Kell's story. It was actually towards the last few chapters that it made more of a sense and I had a feeling of the book ending up in a train wreck which it eventually did.
As for the characters, I had a varied reactions from pity and fascination for Kell and a kind of amused disdain for Rebecca. She didn't fascinate me as much as Kell did. All others were just passing clouds for me. One thing I loved was the author's way of getting a story being revealed bit by bit and eventually bringing it together into a heavy hearted end. Such as that, I didn't like the ending much. I thought it was leading to a very heavy action type ending. It just left me feeling deflated.
But now I am transfixed with the author's writing spell and I want to so much follow her stories in the same vein.
I received a copy voluntarily for reviewing purposes which doesn't affect my review in any way.
My one line review : A slowly riveting tale of a crime and its repercussions.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 3/5
About the Author :
Jenny Morton Potts was born in a smart, dull suburb of Glasgow where the only regular excitement was burglary. Attended a smart, dull school where the only regular excitement was the strap. Worked in smart, dull sales and marketing jobs until realising she was living someone else’s life.
Escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon who wanted to talk about The Da Vinci Code, wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England – and unlikely ever to leave again – Jenny, with assistance from loyal hound, walked and swam her way back to manageable health.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, partnered for 28 years, she ought to mention, and living with inspirational child in Thaxted, Essex.
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