Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else. When Clodagh Shepherd’s curiosity gives way to obsession, her thoughts turn to revenge. In the wake of her husband’s affair and subsequent disappearance, Clo makes an impulsive decision to befriend the beautiful stranger who has stolen her life. Answering an ad for a home help, she moves into the home of her husband’s mistress and is immediately drawn into the chilling reality behind the idyllic façade of Hamptons life. Central to her terrifying nightmare is a deadly secret–a secret someone will kill to keep. In this dark and twisting thriller, Clo proves the adage “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”; with shocking
When I read the blurb for this, I couldn’t help but be reminded of “Doctor Foster”, that BBC One drama from a couple of years ago when Suranne Jones went ape on Bertie Carvel for having an affair on Villanelle from Killing Eve (aka the incredible Jodie Comer). I guess this is fairly similar after having read it too.
The chapters are very short, which means that you can read it in short bursts. However, I can’t recall a single chapter when I thought “Yeah, I’ll leave it there, I don’t need to read any more” because they ALL seemed to have a cliffhanger. I tend to read books over my lunch break at work so I had to be very careful to not read for too long and miss going back to work. As brilliant as that is, it does end up taking up a lot of my thinking time!
Despite the strange scenario which funnily enough I have never experienced personally, the atmosphere and characters of the story felt very real and gritty. I felt like I was living their lives alongside them. I spent the whole book trying to work out if I liked the main character Clo or not. I mean, as a character she was brilliant, wicked and full of depth, but as a person? Well, I definitely don’t want to be on the wrong side of her anyway. I did enjoy that I wasn’t sure about how I felt though, and it made me question my own morals!
I would certainly recommend this if you’re up for an intense read, but also I would recommend buying this book. Apparently sales of these books provide donations towards counselling for single mothers who have sufferedThese books provide donations towards the counseling of single mothers after domestic violence and post-traumatic stress. It’s worth buying just for that if nothing else, I’d say!