The stunning new novel from Clare Mackintosh, the international bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You.
The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong.
Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide.
Now with a baby herself, Anna feels her mother's absence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.
Sometimes it's safer to let things lie....
This taut, emotionally complex thriller from British author Mackintosh (I See You) centers on 26-year-old new mother Anna Johnson. Anna's father, Tom, jumped off the cliff at Beachy Head, England; seven months later, Anna's mother, Caroline, followed suit. The coroner's suicide decrees have always bothered Anna, and her doubts only deepen when, on the first anniversary of Caroline's death, someone sends a card that reads, "Suicide? Think again." Anna's partner, Mark Hemmings, dismisses the message as a cruel joke, but Anna becomes convinced that Caroline was murdered. Her theory captures the interest of Murray Mackenzie, a retired detective turned civilian desk clerk at the Lower Meads police station, but when Murray begins an unofficial investigation and Anna starts receiving anonymous threats, she must decide whether the truth means more than her baby's safety. Mackintosh cleverly subverts readers' expectations while capitalizing on the complicated nature of parent-child relationships. Shocking twists share the page with meditations on love, loss, marriage, and mental illness, and though not every revelation feels earned, the overall story amply satisfies. Author tour.
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Received this as an ARC. First time getting a book before press so started to read it upon receiving it. Got hooked and immediately stopped the other book I had been into. This was a well written book with frequent twists and unexpected events. Recommend!