Published: 3rd March 2016
At 2 a.m. on the morning of her fortieth birthday, Sophie wakes to find an intruder in her bedroom. The stranger hands Sophie a letter and issues an threat: open the letter at her party that evening, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m., or those she loves will be in grave danger. What can the letter possibly contain? This will be no ordinary party; Sophie is not the only person keeping a secret about the evening ahead. When the clock strikes eight, the course of several people’s lives will be altered for ever.
Thank you to Corvus for kindly sending me a review.
The narrative begins with a very chilling start; in the early hours of the morning, Sophie wakes to discover a stranger sitting in her room waiting to deliver a letter to her. She has no idea who he is, what he wants or that he’s been following her entire family for weeks. The opening chapter was incredible and pulled me right into the plot and I hoped the creepiness wouldn’t stop there.
“Happy birthday. Life, so they say, begins at forty.”
Within a matter of hours, Sophie believes that Claudine (her fiancé’s ex wife) is behind the letter and the creepy funeral-esque birthday flowers. But is she? As the plot continues, Sophie’s 40th birthday turns into one big surprise but it doesn’t go according to plan with a massage treatment gone wrong and a trip to the hospital. The letter constantly torments her, not knowing what dirty truth lies in wait for her and her family members. When instructed, Sophie opens the envelope but quickly manages to stop anyone from finding out.
“Did you know that when the Queen wants to leave an event and go home, she puts her handbag on the table?”
When the truth is finally revealed, Sophie is left by herself unable to go anywhere and the blind panic quickly sets in. It was a brilliant concept that one of the closest people to you is able to plan to hurt you and continue like nothing is the matter. Within a couple of pages, the plot went from being about blackmail to child abduction to not really knowing who someone is. It was completely crazy but wonderful to read all at the same time. I completely devoured the book and would happily reread it.