Published by Atria Books on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Romance, General
eARC provided by Atria Books
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.
Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.
On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
This book was a suspenseful page turner. Upon finding out her best friend committed suicide, Maggie goes to her home to deal with her estate. Maggie and Celine come from different worlds but their past has kept them close. While packing up her art, Maggie finds Celine’s diaries. She discovers that Celine was living a double life and a recent art discovery would have changed Celine’s life forever. Her death might not have been suicide at all. The case is closed according to the police so Maggie hires a private detective and tries to make sense of Celine’s world.
Maggie is such a noble character. She is headstrong and determined to do the right thing. Although she was born wealthy, Maggie spends her life doing charity work and trying to help the poor. Maggie finds herself completely out of her element in Celine’s world. I loved Maggie’s view of the world. Since money isn’t an issue she could have done anything but she stays out of trouble. Maggie gets a real look into her friend’s head when she reads her diaries. She doesn’t get angry, instead she tries to preserve her memories by hunting down the truth. It made me like her even more.
The side charters added so much to my enjoyment of this book. We get the sweet old lady next door, who is a bit of a surprise herself. The maintenance guy, Grady, who adds a bit of fun to Maggie’s adventure. The sexy governor’s son, Jace, who works in Celine’s building. Jace may or may not have had an affair with Celine. The art friend, whose name I forget, who can’t wait to help Maggie sort Celine’s collection. At some point I suspected everyone, including the sweet old lady next door. The only one who I knew was innocent was Maggie. The author did a great job of stringing the reader along and allowing the reader to guess who done it with her.
This was a solid mystery. I have to admit, I was so shocked about the ending. Seriously, who knew that would happen? If you enjoy a good mystery, you should definitely give this a read.