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'My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.'
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son.
There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants...
'What an extraordinary novel ... Spellbinding' A J FINN
'A stunningly talented writer' SOPHIE HANNAH
'The intricate plotting and jolting suspense hold you in a vice till the last page' SUNDAY TIMES
'A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller ... impossible to stop reading. A brilliantly written, stand-out novel' MARIAN KEYES
'Deliciously twisted ... truly chilling' SARAH HILARY
Irish author Nugent follows her well-received debut, 2017's Unraveling Oliver, with a devastating psychological thriller. Late on the night of Nov. 14, 1980, judge Andrew Fitzsimons and his wife, Lydia, rendezvous with troubled 22-year-old prostitute Annie Doyle on a deserted Dublin beach for unspecified reasons. When Annie threatens blackmail, the couple kill her. Lydia orders Andrew to bury the body in their garden and forget it, but then Annie's family reports her missing and a media circus ensues. Andrew panics, arousing the suspicion of the couple's 17-year-old son, Laurence, who becomes obsessed with Annie. Also fixated is the victim's 19-year-old sister, Karen, who remains dedicated to finding Annie even after the police lose interest. This tragic tale unfolds over five years from the perspectives of Lydia, Laurence, and Karen, allowing Nugent to develop character while exploring the crime's ripple effect. Annie's connection to the Fitzsimonses is the mystery on which the plot hangs, but Lydia is the most intriguing puzzle; equal parts victim and villain, she simultaneously inspires pity, outrage, and horror. The result is an exquisitely uncomfortable, utterly captivating reading experience.
If u love a thriller, u will love this, amazing !
It was okay
It was a good read up until the end when everything stopped rather suddenly, as if the ending was written in a hurry.
I enjoyed this until the end - I’m really annoyed now.