'Taut, tense, and beautifully written' Clare Mackintosh
'Addictive' Sunday Times
Sometimes a lie feels kinder than the truth . . . but what happens when that lie becomes an avalanche of deceit?
When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high-profile paediatric surgeon, she sees something complex in him that she instantly connects with. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess - already a single mother to nine-year-old Joe - finds out she's pregnant.
Greg, who never wanted to be a father, is then offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston, USA. Within just a few months, they have married and moved to the States. But life in an affluent Boston suburb is not as straightforward as Tess had hoped. Strange things keep happening in their rented home - Joe is unsettled, the next-door neighbours are clearly troubled, and Greg's work is all-consuming. As a fierce Boston winter closes in, and her baby's birth looms, Tess remains determined to make this new life work. Then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery . . .
PRAISE FOR LUCY ATKINS
'Wonderfully skilled' Sarah Perry
'Sly, witty and gripping' Naomi Alderman
'Wholly beguiling' Mick Herron
'Highly intelligent' Sarah Vaughan
'Beguiling, brilliantly creepy' Claire Fuller
Suspicions cloud a new marriage in Atkins's gripping sophomore effort. Tess, an accomplished London photographer and the single mother of a nine-year-old son, Joe, meets Greg Gallo, a pediatric heart surgeon. After a whirlwind romance, they marry and relocate to Boston. When Tess becomes pregnant, she's thrilled, but Greg, who had made it clear that he didn't want children, is perturbed and uninterested in impending fatherhood. Tess begins to be troubled by Joe's difficulty in adjusting to his new locale and by an unfriendly neighbor who's obsessed with Greg. Signs suggest something is amiss, including ominous letters left on her doorstep, which Greg can't explain. Tess fears that Greg is withholding information about his past. Her concerns are amplified when another man, Alex Kingman, claims to know Greg, which he denies with visible discomfort. As Tess's suspicions and fear of Greg grow, she finds it necessary to investigate and discover whether Greg is really who he says he is. Atkins (The Missing One) keeps the suspense high to the startling conclusion.
A good read but not outstanding
I loved Lucy Atkins previous book so much I eagerly anticipated this one, but as often happens a follow up novel feels slightly disappointing. A good read, but felt slightly predictable and stilted, I figured out the plot twist quite early on. I wanted to read on quickly to find out what happened but it just did not deliver as a book where you want to savour every page and see characters develop.
Very dull read. Clear from the outset what/who the problem was. Not sure what the point was of the story. Finished it to see if it got any better and started to miss out bits that were just filling the page.