Is he who he says he is?
Izzie Mallon is looking forward to celebrating Christmas on a relaxing yoga retreat. At least, that is what she's telling her mother and colleagues. In reality, she will be shutting herself away from the festive season, and the snowstorm that has brought the city to a standstill, in her apartment on Henrietta Square -- the beautiful home she shared with her beloved husband Sam until his tragic death a few months ago -- with only her grief for company.
Then, there's a knock at the door -- a stranger, stranded by the bad weather.
He tells Izzie that he's Eli Sanders, her husband's long-time friend. Izzie has never met him in person, but feels she owes it to Sam to welcome Eli into her home. Even though her instincts say that she should do otherwise...
As Izzie tries to reminisce with Eli about her husband, cracks in his story begin to show. But will she be able to see clearly through her grief before it's too late?
Widowed, grief-stricken Izzie Mallon, the heroine of this enjoyable psychological thriller with a cozy vibe from Irish author Miller (A House Full of Secrets), is planning to spend Christmastime in isolation, snowed up in her apartment in what appears to be Dublin. Then an American unexpectedly knocks on her door and introduces himself as Eli Sanders, the best friend of Izzie's beloved late husband, Sam. She halfheartedly welcomes the man, whom she has never met, into her home after learning that he was stranded at the airport, but when Izzie catches Eli attempting to access Sam's laptop, she begins to question his true identity. Later, Noah Brady, Izzie's 10-year-old neighbor, notices inconsistencies in Eli's memories of Sam and fears she's in danger. Noah confides his concerns to his amiable father and a grandmotherly neighbor, who assume that Izzie is still in mourning and tell the boy to respect her privacy. The plot engages to the end, and touching flashbacks depict Izzie's life with Sam. This is a great book for readers looking for a suspense story with a lot of heart.