Genre: Domestic Thriller
Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: December 29, 2020
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
My rating: 5
Synopsis (via GR)
Debut author Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?
Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems. A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….
With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.
I requested this book via NetGalley after seeing quite a lot of buzz about it in the book blogging community because I didn’t want to miss out in case it was as good as people were saying it was. At the time, I didn’t know it was a debut novel. Was it? I’ll answer this question in a bit. I will say, upfront, is this will be very vague because there is no way I want to give even a smidgen of a spoiler.
Aaron is a bit controlling when it comes to his wife Lila. That is, until the day she finds some shocking and horrendous videos that she found on a phone that he thought he had hidden from her. From that moment on, things in the Ridgefield home change. Change so much that Aaron goes missing. But it isn’t Lila who reports this. It’s the Principal at the school where Aaron is a teacher.
A local Podcast, that has been following the case of missing high school students, now add Aaron into the mix. Are these cases connected?
The reader learns that Lila changed her name 13 years ago, but no history before that. Until the police department starts investigating. The reader also learns that Lila’s early years were tied to a man who now sits in prison.
The suspense in the book did not let up. As more evidence came forth, the more my head spun. As more of the history was told, the more I didn’t know what characters to like or dislike. And who of the characters were the suspects or the victims, or even who was truly the murderer ( oh yes….the bodies start to pile up!!!!).
Was there someone in this cast of characters that had a wrong to right? Maybe even a hero? Does the truth finally reveal itself?
If this was Ms. Kane’s debut novel, then I can’t wait for what the future holds. But I know one thing, she is now on my “authors to read” list.
Was the buzz correct about this book? ABSOLUTELY and then some!!!!