Every town has its secrets. Lesley Kara knows them all . . .
From the author of 2019’s biggest crime thriller debut, The Rumour, comes an addictive new novel . . .
It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.
Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She’s going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she’s wronged.
But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.
Some mistakes, you have to pay for . . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Astrid is an alcoholic she hasn’t had a drink now for 192 days, seven hours and 15 mins but at times she is very tempted. If she has a drink she knows that she will be homeless because her mum will throw her out. Her mum already paid for her rehab and is continuing to support her but if this doesn’t work this time she can do no more for her daughter. But, Astrid has much bigger reasons never to have a drink again.
Astrid is trying to put her past behind her and the death of her boyfriend but someone knows a secret they had and it could destroy her. When she meets Josh and his dad she feels that she has the chance of a new start. Thing is she isn’t ready to come clean about her past and present life to them. This puts so many temptations in front of her, things that we take for granted as normal everyday life and you see just how hard it is. That proverbial carrot continually swinging everywhere.
Some of the story takes place in AA meetings where I didn’t know who to trust or believe. It seems that Astrid is losing her mind when she begins to see things that shouldn’t be there and catching glimpses of being followed. The one question she needs an answer to is ‘Who did you tell? But her boyfriend is dead, he simply can’t tell her now.
I really wanted Astrid to succeed and stop drinking but as the story unfolded it also drops back to the worse time in her life and what she remembered had happened. I loved all the twists in the story, saw some but not others. It kept me on my toes throughout. A brilliant ending.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her first novel, The Rumour, was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. Her second novel, Who Did You Tell?, is out soon.