Publisher – Bookouture

Publication date – 15th October 2015

Synopsis –

Twenty years running from your past. Today it catches up.

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the twentieth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My rating – 5/5

My review…..

This book grabbed me from the very beginning! 

When we are first introduced to Leah she is leading a simple, solitary life, doing her best to have as little contact with others as possible. She works in a library and despite getting on OK with her colleagues she doesn't give much away regarding her private life. She doesn't really have one! She lives alone in a tiny flat, with minimal furniture, but surrounded by books. She doesn't do much other than go to work, shop for food when necessary, read and browse chat rooms from her laptop. A laptop she can hide behind instead of having any real contact with anyone. She doesn't visit her Mother very often which is something she feels guilty about. She refers to her life as being just what she deserves after what she did.

To say this book is a page turner would be an understatement! I just had to find out what it was she did that was so terrible. Why does she feel so unworthy of a happy life? She's basically just existing.

The chapters alternate between Leah in the present and 15 year old Leah at High School. 15 year old Leah is desperate to fit in and feels like there is something wrong with her as she doesn't fancy boys like her friend does. Until Adam joins their school. She is immediately drawn to him and a relationship soon develops. Her relationship with Adam is very believable and typical of a teenage girls first love which is more of an infatuation. 

Is Adam part of the reason she can't move on from her past? Leah refers to him a lot, but it's obvious he is no longer in her life. We don't find out why until much later on though. 

Things start to look up for Leah when she makes friends with Ben, after he donates some books to the library. She starts to see him as a friend. Then she meets Julian online, they click straight away and she agrees to meet him. She starts to think maybe her life could be turning a corner. Maybe she does deserve some happiness after all. But her past won't stay in the past. Someone is trying to punish her.

Things take a chilling turn when it becomes obvious she's being stalked. She receives threatening emails, gets mugged and has her flat broken in to whilst she's in bed. She is being watched and it's the same person responsible for it all. It's obviously someone involved with what happened back then. But, who could it be? She needs to start taking these threats seriously. Eventually she turns to Ben as he's the only person she trusts, apart from her Mother. 

This book is full of suspense. There are lots of twists and turns and a surprising conclusion.  Just brilliant! 

With thanks to the publisher, the author and Netgalley for my advance Kindle copy.

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