Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense
ARC provided by BEA 2016, St. Martin's Press
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie??
This story was a bit horrifying. Grace and Jack look like the perfect couple. They have the perfect home. The throw the perfect parties with elegant homemade meals. Grace looks perfect and she is so devoted to her husband and home. Jack and Grace are also inseparable. Jack is ruggedly handsome and works hard as a lawyer to provide them the perfect life. They don’t have children yet, but soon Millie will come to live with them. Jack has opened their home to Millie, Grace’s little sister who has down syndrome. It all seems perfect. Only Grace knows the horror of what happens behind closed doors.
How much do we really know about our neighbor’s lives? That’s the question this book poses for us. Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes what looks perfect is only a facade. In only Grace’s POV, we see the reality of life with Jack. Not everything is as perfect as it seems.
I liked Grace. I felt her fear and loathing in this story. She is smart, but not too smart. As she is being constantly outwitted, I felt her frustration. It seems the author thought of everything I thought of, way before I thought of it. Grace is lovingly attached to her little sister Millie. Her devotion to Millie was admirable. Millie is all she really has. Grace’s devotion to Millie is what kept her single for so long, and it is the catapult to her situation with Jack.
At first Grace is really hard to understand. This story starts in the present and then flips between past and present. That’s the only problem I had with this story. I mean, why would anyone do what Grace does? The author carefully lays Grace in this trap. I couldn’t look away. By the ending, I felt I understood how Grace got to where she was in the beginning. It took a minute to get there though, and I wonder how dedicated readers will be to seeing how Grace got duped. She didn’t really have a choice.
The pacing in this a little slow to start. I actually did enjoy the build up, I think the shift from past to present was smooth. The characters were well described, as were the scenes. I could clearly picture what was going on. For a debut author this was an incredible thriller. The ending was perfect. So perfect. I will definitely be watching out for this author.