Take it to the grave

3.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this story on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is being released in 6 parts. This is part 1 of the installment. The story introduces us to Sarah. She is a young mother of 4 month old Elliot. She is married to Warwick, who comes from “old” money. Warwick is a classical handsome man that Sarah feels lucky to be with, but Warwick isn’t quite as All-American as he seems. One thing he and his overbearing, snobbish mother agree on is that Sarah needs to lose the baby weight, fast. Sarah is pressured to invite her elusive family to attend Elliot’s christening. Sarah is reluctant to introduce her family to her mother-in-law, but her reasoning is vague. She and her sister, Maisey, are clearly estranged, although the reason is not given.

Meanwhile, Maisey is a nurse working in Thailand. She is helping to build a clinic for people that have never received medical care. She is very good at her job, but keeps her co-workers at arms length. So much so, that she hasn’t even told them her real name. As the pressure to open up to her lover becomes greater, Maisey must decide if it’s time to cut ties and bolt to a new location.

As Sarah and Maisey’s story unfolds, Sarah receives a troubling email that takes her breath away: I know your secret, Sarah. I’m going to tell.

The writing is fairly good, although the overbearing mother-in-law and possible cad husband are fairly cliché, as are Sarah’s rich, over-privileged East Hampton “friends”. Likewise, Maisey is a typical don’t-get-close-to-me loner that leaves a trail of broken hearts behind her. The story is intriguing enough, however, that I will probably at least read the next installment.