Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a good contemporary mystery/thriller about a woman that joined a dating app, met a boy, fell in love, trusted the boy, was ghosted by the boy, then discovered the boy’s dark secrets.

Wren had a troubled childhood but came out stronger. She anonymously writes an advice column for people with serious problems, and also has a companion podcast where she discusses the letters she answers. She has a safe and comfortable life.

Wren hasn’t had a serious relationship in a long time and her best friend convinces her to try a dating app. After a couple of meaningless nights with dates, she matches with Adam. He is serious and intense and Wren’s connection with him is instantaneous. The pair see each other almost every night and Wren sees a future with him. One night Wren shares her dark past with Adam and she feels even closer to him. The next day, however, Adam tells her that something has happened and he has to leave. Now. Before she knows what’s happened, Adam disappears from her life as quickly as he dropped into it.

As Wren tries to reconnect with Adam, she is approached by a private investigator who is also looking for Adam, but for very different reasons. Other girls are missing that were connected to him. Wren is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Adam – or whatever his name is – and find out what happened to the missing girls. But will she end up missing herself?

The book started out really well and had me hooked. Once the book changed to a cat and mouse game between Wren, the private investigator and Adam, however, I think it lost a bit of focus. The book deals with some heavy subjects, including physical and mental abuse. There were times when the book was down right creepy, and that is a good thing. It’s also set at the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that added to the scary atmosphere of the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend you read it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Park Row. All opinions are my own.