A gripping psychological thriller of secrets and obsession that will keep readers flipping pages to the stunning conclusion from the author whose suspenseful work has been described as “meticulous and detail-laden, with plenty of red herrings” (Kirkus Reviews).
One year after her husband Zach’s death, Lizzie Carter goes to lay flowers on the site of his fatal accident. Since the tragedy, she just hasn’t been the same, wracked with grief and guilt and regret and…relief. Even though her friends tell her she’s grieved enough for her “prince charming,” her memories of a darker side of Zach that no one else knew are burned into her brain and won’t let her forget him. But as she lays her flowers down at the roadside, she sees a bouquet of lilies at the foot of the tree. Addressed to her husband. She isn’t the first to pay her respects…but who is Xenia?
As Lizzie learns more about her husband’s past, she begins to realize that maybe she didn’t know Zach at all. But she’s still tormented by her guilt and the memories that just won’t fade…because Zach doesn’t seem to be as gone as everyone thinks. And she just can’t shake the feeling that he’s still out there, watching her, waiting to claim her as his own once again.
After all, just because we love someone doesn’t mean we can trust them…
London school librarian Lizzie Carter, the heroine of this absorbing tale of obsession from British author Durrant (Under Your Skin), is devastated to learn from Police Constable Morrow that her husband of just a year and a half, artist Zach Hopkins, has died in a car crash in Cornwall. A year later, Lizzie visits the scene of the fatal accident, where on the roadside she discovers flowers accompanied by a card decorated with hand-drawn hearts and signed "Xenia." When Lizzie investigates, she finds evidence that Zach may still be alive, and that much of what he told her about his past appears to have been fabricated. She turns to Morrow for help, but Morrow dismisses Lizzie's suspicions as symptoms of grief. In the manner of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, entries from Zach's computer diary alternate with Lizzie's thoughts about events as they are happening. Durrant steadily builds suspense up to the unexpected and thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
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I was looking for books similar to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, and saw this title come up as a recommendation multiple times. I will say that it is quite similar and I do think fans of Gone Girl will like the way this book is written. The beginning drew me in quickly, but I did find myself having small moments in the middle just wanting to finish the book to get it over with. I was able to guess a lot of the plot twists which I don't think are too terribly difficult to put together. But with that said, I did read the book in less than 2 days and when I finished I was glad I read it. I do think it's a great book, cleverly written, and while it didn't blow my mind with whodunnits or make my top 5 list, I would recommend for a rainy day; it may keep you up at night, and expect to lock your door and check twice that it's locked.
Couldn't put it down. Very good. Def worth reading.