When Natalie snoops through her boyfriend Mark’s possessions she finds more than she bargained for. Mark was once convicted of a brutal killing. Heartbroken by what she has discovered, Natalie’s dreams of a future with him collapse. However, Mark was not the only person sentenced for the murder of two-year-old Abby Morgan. His former friend, the violent and twisted Adam Campbell, was also convicted and Adam knows more about the murder than he will admit. When circumstances thrust Mark back in contact with Adam, the past comes back to haunt him. Can Mark ever break free from Adam? Will the truth ever come out?
My Review: 5/5
This book blew me away. The storyline, the characterization, the pacing…I liked everything about it.
When Mark’s girlfriend Natalie finds an old letter from his past, his life as he knows it starts to unravel. She discovers the hidden truth about him. Years ago he was convicted of killing a little girl. Except there’s a catch…he didn’t do it. He sets out to reveal the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
I instantly liked Mark. He is a victim of neglect from his mother. But most of all, he is a man of true heart that was manipulated by a boy of pure evil. He loves Natalie, even thought she is heavier than ‘the norm’ and has severe self-confidence issues.
There were parts of this book that frustrated me. Some of his decisions to seek out the truth (he visits the vigil held every year for the little girl) didn’t make sense to me. However, the author did an incredible job of weaving everything together.
There were several disorders touched upon in this book: cutting, OCD, binge eating. I thought the author did a tremendous job explaining the feelings of the victims of the disorders.
This book is not for the faint of heart. There is a scene describing what happened when the little girl, Abby, was killed. It is very, very disturbing and was difficult to read. But, I understand why the author put it in there. Adam, the true killer, is pure evil. By the end of the book I absolutely despised him.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend.
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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