Published: 25th July 2019
Publisher: Bantam Press
In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and friendly – an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses: ‘I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.’ Who is this boy and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts.
When a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling and how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets?
Thank you to Bantam Press for kindly sending me a review copy.
The narrative begins with the murder of a local woman, being beaten to death in an unknown location with a hammer and within a matter of days, her husband reports her as a missing person which quickly leads into the investigation of her murder. Readers will immediately jump to the same conclusion that Shari Lapena wants you to, but not all is what is seems at the beginning.
“I reach down and turn her over. One eye is smashed. The other is still open, but there’s no life in it.”
With the neighbourhood being such a small one, people quickly begin to pry into the life of Robert Pierce and his now-deceased wife. Was she faithful to him? Did he murder her out of cold revenge? Was he having an affair? A million questions swirl around the minds of the readers and the two police officers who begin to interview each individual in the neighbourhood. Aside from the main storyline, a sub plot is interwind as a young boy has been breaking into his neighbours homes, snooping round on their computers and learning all sorts of interesting pieces of information about the people who he has known for many years.
“When you fall headlong into a fantasy and break your marriage vows and sleep with another man, you never, ever think that your fingerprints will end up in a murder investigation.”
As the narrative progresses towards the end, near enough every single person in the neighbourhood has been interviewed and now, another death has occurred but who was the person responsible? Shari Lapena very cleverly ties everything together within the final few chapters as more home truths are uncovered, people try desperately to protect their loved ones and yet overall, I wasn’t completely surprised by the outcome. The murderer wasn’t who I thought it would be and yet, there were clues and hints continually being dropped throughout the plot which I missed completely. Shari writes with such suspense, she creates the scenes which have an incredible ability to grip you to the entire narrative and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for a blog post.