A lingering, compulsive debut novel that will keep you tightly in its grip.
What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help?
If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone? What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave? What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?
Traumatized by her final case as a psychologist, Stella only feels truly safe hidden away in the isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. Then Blue appears in the middle of a snow-storm, begging to be let in. As secrets and lies gradually seep out of the young girl, Stella’s tightly controlled world begins to unravel.
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Beautiful intertwining of characters
A psychiatrist has a traumatic encounter. Instead of dealing with what happened afterwards, she sinks into a grey fog of stagnation and dependency. She presses pause on her life. But then a combative teenager girl rings her doorbell, and it brings a gust of unwanted truth into her haze of a life. The story begins with the girl at the door.
Blue Cunningham. The author really captured a troubled, seductive teenager quite well. I even felt quite sympathetic for the "adult" who mishandled the situation with her.
I haven't, but she has a lovely voice, and she captured a sophisticated, troubled woman as well as she captured a emotional, troubled teenager.
Not at first, but after a little while, for sure.
I felt a little frustrated the main character Stella didn't see more of what happened coming (it was apparent to me that her first client was a narcissist, but she didn't see it right away), and same with another guy in her life, but therapists have their blind spots just like regular people. She was still an observant therapist. So was her boss. The way it went backwards in time worked for me. I'm surprised it worked as well as it did. It felt quite smooth actually- what was revealed was revealed in time, even though the whole of it was not chronological.
Going from past to present and it being told from the views of the different characters.
Most of the time. It kept me guessing by only revealing a little bit at a time from different characters. Although I did guess the basic plot it was still enjoyable because of the way it was written.
The subject matter was a little dark and could be upsetting to some. The author did a good job of only giving the details that were needed without being overly graphic during the assault scenes.