For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister--who she discovered in a pool of blood--and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda's hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister's murderer on television. Hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use the plot of her next novel to lay an irresistible trap for the man. As the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda's memories--and her very sanity--are called into question. Is this man a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim?
Sabrina-Kate - 3.5 Star
Having read a lot of thrillers this year, it is starting to take a lot to impress me but I also truly love this genre, so it is normal to be a bit critical at this stage. This particular book has been getting rave reviews but unfortunately it fell flat for me.
The main character, Linda, is a strange shut in and I found that part of the book fascinating as it helped open my eyes to a world that I have never been a part of and cannot really understand. It must be very difficult to be mentally ill and have to manage living despite the limitations.
Understandably, Linda wants to get revenge for her sister's murder, which she witnessed. That I can really understand, but I found the way she went about it entirely strange if not even a bit insane. Bordering on harassment, the way she acted with Lenzen was a bit out there and even though we don't learn much about him, his reaction was understandable. One strength of the book was the way that his character was portrayed because it was impossible to get a grasp on whether he was guilty or not.
I am not sure if the reason I didn't like this book very much was due to the fact that it was so talked about or if I just expected more to happen. Maybe even something was lost in translation. With a plot that seemed to just plod along with not a whole lot happening, I was sadly disappointed in what could have been.
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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