Paperback: 347 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Harper Collins 2020
Source: Tywyn Public Library
First Sentence: How well do you really know the people in your life?
My Opinion: I have never read anything by this author before and only did so as it was a Book Club choice for June. The protagonist Emily gets herself a job as housekeeper to recently widowed Rupert. Very quickly a close relationship develops between them, this is when the story starts to become somewhat dark and sinister.
An enjoyable easy read with lots of twists and turns, though at times the writing tends to be repetitive, plus the characters are rather stereotyped. Also, with the authors clues along the way I did work out the ending. This did not spoil the novel for me, though glad I guessed correctly.
Recommended to fans of the genre and a good introduction to it if you are not yet a fan of the psychological thriller.
Précis Courtesy of Goodreads:
When Emily applies for a job as a housekeeper for widower Rupert, it’s a chance to start over – a steady job and regular money means she can work towards her own place, not sharing a grimy flat with old mate, Mags.
As Emily gets to know more about Rupert’s world – how he likes his supper when he comes in from work, who his friends are – she can make sure everything runs like clockwork for him.
Soon there’s a spark between them; Rupert likes Emily and invites her to stay. For good.
To the outside world, they really seem to be a perfect match. There’s just the small issue of what really happened to Rupert’s first wife…
Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian - and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine. (Taken from Author Website)
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