Five years ago, Rosa walked to the pier in the dead of night, looked into the swirling water, and jumped. She was a brilliant Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected.
Was that what really happened?
The coroner says it was suicide. But Rosa's boyfriend Jar can't let go. He sees Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a figure on the cliff. He is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email.
Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this standalone psychological thriller, we meet Jar, five years after the (supposed) suicide of his girlfriend, Rose. “Supposed” because Jar never truly believed she was dead: not only is he convinced he’s seen her in public, but now he’s also received an email from her. In an exhilarating quest to uncover the truth, Jar is lured into ever darker and more dangerous territory. Make sure you can dedicate a whole afternoon to this engrossing read, because J. S. Monroe—famous for his spy novels—rapidly builds the tension and his compelling writing will keep you on the edge of your seat until you have turned the final page.
Jarlath "Jar" Costello, a London-based Internet click-bait content writer and the hero of Monroe's thrilling debut, has started seeing a dead person. Specifically, he's been seeing glimpses of Rosa Sandhoe, his girlfriend who leapt to her death into the sea off Norfolk in 2012 when she was a student at Cambridge University. Five years later, Jar is certain of two things: that Rosa and he are soul mates and that she's still very much alive. A body was never recovered. When he gets ahold of an encrypted file containing Rosa's journal, his faith is confirmed and his search for her kicks into high gear. A gear so high that the pages all but turn themselves as the story unfolds in taut chapters alternating between Rosa's journal entries and Jar's frantic quest. Monroe adds more voices in the book's second half, keeping the guess-who's-crazy/guilty ball in the air until the all-consuming reveal. Pacing is crisp and the plot is credible, but it's the cast of expertly crafted, psychologically ambiguous characters that rivets. Monroe is the pseudonym of a well-known British author and journalist.