Author: Fiona Barton
Series: Kate Waters #1
Published: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3 Stars
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…
But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.
The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
|I just finished the last page and my thoughts are spinning. What an intense read. I got so invested in finding out the truth that I couldn’t put the book down if I tried.
The story goes back and forth between multiple perspectives as the mystery of a kidnapping unravels over the course of 3 years. So much evidence is discovered and investigated and it all seems to be leading to the same person. But there never seems to be enough evidence to prove guilt. This mystery shows all sides, as detectives, journalists, and the heartbroken mother of a missing child tries desperately to discover what happened to young Bella.
I’ve never hated a character more in my life. Glen is a despicable man, and I found myself needing to take a breath a times while reading because my hatred for this character overwhelmed me so much. There is a trigger warning for sexual abuse and pedophilia as said topics are prominent throughout the novel. I wish I would have known this before reading the story because I am very squeamish when it comes to such difficult and disgusting topics.
I had a hard time rating this novel. It was compelling, but jumping back and forth between three years worth of investigating and events, as well as jumping between different perspectives had me spinning at times. It was easy to piece together, but I wish that the story would have stuck to one timeline.
I liked the main detective and journalist, as I could truly tell that they’re intentions were pure while trying to solve the crime that took place. It was hard to know who to trust throughout the book, but it was easy to tell from the beginning that Bob and Kate were solid characters.
I am giving this book 3 stars for the compelling writing that kept me wanting to know more. It drove me crazy not knowing what happened, and I couldn’t stop until I found out. I do want to mention again that there are triggers in this book. So please be aware of that before picking this one up. I am uncertain as too wether I will be continuing on with this series, because I did find this book hard to read at times. Especially that one chapter where we were in the mind of the accused. Ugh.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fiona Barton, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child, trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.