In this twisted debut thriller, a reclusive author sets the perfect trap for her sister's murderer - but is he really the killer?
For 11 years, best-selling 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?
"A fast, twisty read for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn." (Booklist)
"Intricately constructed...nicely done twists and turns." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A superb psychological thriller with a storyline that will have you hooked. Not suitable for sensitive constitutions." [AR (Spain)]
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Clever & Character-Driven, but No Empathy 4 Linda.
a bit overwrought for my taste
No. I prefer a direct, simple writing style. This seemed to me to be unnecessarily convoluted.
No. The translator seems fine. The writing, as I said, was not my cup of tea. I found myself fast forwarding through whole chapters. I never developed any feelings but annoyance toward any of the characters except the fictional police detective.
Not that I am aware of. She seemed a talented performer.
- Dr. William J. Kass