Author: Karen Perry
Publication: Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, 2018
Plot: David and Caroline Connolly are an ordinary couple in Dublin with two children when their lives suddenly go wrong. One minute, David is expecting a big promotion at the university where he has taught history for many years and Caroline is doing well in a new job covering for someone on maternity leave. It's true there has been a slight rift in their marriage but they agreed not to let their children, teen Robbie and 11-year-old Holly, know anything was wrong as they work past it. Then everything changes when David is approached by a lovely blonde student who says he is her father. It is unclear exactly what Zoe wants but her every existence is an immediate threat to the Connolly family . . .
Audience: Fans of psychological suspense; authors such as Clare Mackintosh, S. J. Watson, and Emma Healey
Quote: "Explores emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy," bestselling author Tana French
My Impressions: This was a fast paced novel full of believable (if unlikable) characters and told in alternating chapters from David's and from Caroline's points of view. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the author is really a male/female team. I was reminded, however, of something my sister said recently when I had recommended a book to her - that she really doesn't enjoy reading novels where the characters do such stupid things. There were certainly a number of poor choices made by a variety of characters. David is not a very nice guy but even he does not deserve the downward spiral Zoe brings in her wake to his family. While some aspects of the story were predictable (and I wished for more of a sense of place for Dublin) there were enough twists and surprises to keep me entertained - and the light on until the wee hours.
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