Genre: Domestic Thriller
Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: February 18th
Review Copy From: William Morrow via NetGalley
My Rating: 5
Synopsis (via GR)
Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.
Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”
A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.
The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.
As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.
I can now write my review after holding my breath throughout much of this book!
As the synopsis states, Cassie, coming home late again from work, see a couple fighting and the male throwing the victim down a ditch. She calls 911 but then makes the fateful mistake of getting out of her running car to get closer to see if she can help. When the police sirens are heard, the man takes off in her car with all her personal information. Her decision to help begins a cat and mouse game with possible deadly consequences. And then her husband goes missing. Is this a coincidence or a calculated plan to hurt Cassie and her family? But why?
The events in the story are built on an incident that happened many years ago with revenge motives. Events that Cassie never knew.
This book had me on the edge of my seat with the constant acceleration of suspense and action. A tense page-turner!!
An exceptional story by a debut author. I can’t wait to see what the future brings from this author!