I’ve been a bit ambivalent about the author’s previous books, but I enjoyed this one. It’s a good mystery/thriller that kept my attention and kept me reading late into the evening. Amelie is a young woman that is used to struggling to survive. Down to her last few dollars, she befriends a group of wealthy women and begins working as a housekeeper and cook for one of them. This brings her into contact with Jed Hawthorne, a wealthy billionaire. Before she understands what’s she gotten herself into, she’s married to Jed and forced to be his perfect trophy wife. Then one night Amelie is snatched from her bed and wakes up in a pitch-black room with no idea where she is. The captors don’t speak and she doesn’t know why she’s taken, or why she feels safer with the captors than she does with her husband.
This story is told in flashbacks as we see what Amelie’s gone through since losing her family and making her way to London. The author did a great job of building tension and depicting the growing fear and anxiety that Amelie was feeling as she attempted to escape and tried to work through who could have reason to kidnap her and her husband. There were a few red herrings and some of the events seemed a bit outlandish, but overall, it was a fun, twisty ride. I didn’t exactly love the ending, but I can understand why the author wrote it that way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own.
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