I couldn’t wait to read this highly anticipated debut thriller from Jane Corry and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The book begins fifteen years earlier and here we meet recently married Ed and Lily Macdonald. Lily is a newly qualified criminal defence lawyer and after recently returning from her honeymoon, has been sent to represent Joe Thomas with regard to his impending appeal. Joe was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and after the initial meeting with Lily, is desperate for her to believe he is innocent of the crime.
We are also introduced to Carla, a young Italian girl who lives with her mother in the apartment opposite Ed and Lily. She regularly visits the young couple and has her portrait done by artist Ed, until Carla and her mother have to leave their apartment and reluctantly move back to Italy to live.
Several years later, Carla returns to England and begins to put her plans into place.
What I liked about this book was the constant twists and turns throughout. I repeatedly had no idea who was telling the truth and was completely in the dark of how the story was going to unfold and where the journey would eventually take and deliver me.
Told in alternating chapters between Carla and Lily, I had increasing doubts of which character I could trust. One minute I trusted Carla with her believable naivety, the next I trusted Lily as the deceived wife. At times I also wondered if Joe was a changed man or just out to settle a score.