MARIAN KEYES, AUTHOR OF GROWN UPS
'A book that needed to exist in the world. It is the book that was missing’
LISA TADDEO, AUTHOR OF THREE WOMEN AND ANIMAL
‘Magnificent: I read it one sitting’
KATE MOSSE, AUTHOR OF THE CITY OF TEARS
Sometimes Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any self-consciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bathroom, on the shelf next to theirs.
In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives.
Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? Sits too close on the sofa? Constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all just in Marisa’s head?
After all, that’s what her Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she?
But Marisa knows something is wrong. That the woman sleeping in their house will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Marisa just doesn’t know why.
How far will she go to find the answer – and how much is she willing to lose?
‘A pacy, stylish thriller in which suspense is accompanied by fist-pumping feminism and, perhaps toughest of all, hope.’
THE SUNDAY TIMES, THRILLER OF THE MONTH
‘A compassionately crafted psychological drama’
‘I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’
‘A genius twist that left me reeling’
‘Be prepared for a sleight-of-hand-twist that will leave you gasping’
‘Sharp and sinister’
MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘Impossible to put down’
‘A rich plot that also delves into meaty topics’
Sunday Times bestseller 06/09/2021
About the author
Elizabeth Day is the author of four novels and Sunday Times bestselling memoir, How to Fail. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. Her third, Paradise City, was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Evening Standard, and The Party was an Amazon bestseller and a Richard & Judy bookclub pick. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Observer, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. She is currently a columnist for the Mail on Sunday's You magazine and host of the iTunes chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day.
My first audio book purchase and I wasn’t disappointed. Great characters and great twists. Really well narrated by Tanya Reynolds too. Lots of description and the plot was well paced and suspense filled. I listened on my way to work and often couldn’t get out of the car until the chapter ended! May have caused me to be late a few times!
It made me cry in parts. Deals with issues surrounding women’s fertility, something the author has had experience of herself. Mentioning in case it would be a trigger for some readers.
*A Tangled Web*
This book is mainly about a couple’s desperate journey to have a child. They try IVF etc and each time they fail.
They decide to go down the surrogate route and meet who they see as the perfect candidate. There in the problems start. Without giving too much detail away all is not what it seems and things start to spiral when another woman joins the household. I found myself flip flopping between the two women.
The story is told through the eyes of the two women and Jake makes his presence known but the women are far stronger. He has a very strong and possessive Mother, to say the least. There is a really riveting part between the women that made me perk up but the story falls a bit flat towards the end.
Absolute waist of time!
Half of the book is about virtue signaling on how male patronizing the society is. Unfortunately the author also creates stigma about mental health, race and class. There’s a significant focus to create sympathy around the main character however what transpires from the story is passive aggressiveness from all characters. The author also attempts to create some twists in the story, but then again what sticks is the fact that 3 women swap ‘who’s the villain’ award till the end of the book. Predictable story with lots of societal and branding cliches. I was expecting more.