Firstly, thank you NetGalley for this ARC in
exchange for an honest review.
after Cadence Lawrence accused the perpetrator in the brutal murder of her high
school friend, she’s finally put the nightmare to rest. But the ghosts of her
past won’t rest, and an unexpected encounter with the killer reawakens demons
she thought were long dead. Gripped by paranoia, Cadence fears she’s being
stalked, and suspects that the murderer has invaded the sanctity of her home.
Could her chance encounter have rekindled the savage rage that claimed the life
of her friend and now threatens Cadence herself?
With the exception of the cabin scene, every scene is full of action
and moves the story right along, there is no flicking through a few pages to
get past unnecessary dialogue as there just are not any wasted words.
The plot was well thought out and the reactions to events that occur are
realistic and plausible
I think this book is set up very well for some follow-on stories from
either the Killer or Mick’s friend Rob
You know who the killer is from the start which I find really adds to
the tension in the book, but I would personally have liked a little bit extra
on the back story of him and some more insight as to the why.
The first few chapters are all set in a cabin during a snowstorm, I would’ve
liked the story to move a bit quicker as I felt the cabin section was a little
too drawn out
This was the first Kate Watterson book
I have read, and I’ll definitely be reading more. I would
highly recommend this book; the 2 lowlights should definitely not deter you. It’s
an excellent read and the characters practically jump off the page at you.
Her first love confessed to five
murders. But the truth was so much worse.
Dublin’s notorious Canal Killer, Will Hurley, is ten years into his
life sentence when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal.
Though detectives suspect they are dealing with a copycat, they turn to Will
for help. He claims he has the information the police need but will only give
it to one person – the girl he was dating when he committed his horrific
Alison Smith has spent the last decade abroad, putting her shattered
life in Ireland far behind her. But when she gets a request from Dublin
imploring her to help prevent another senseless murder, she is pulled back to
face the past – and the man – she’s worked so hard to forget.
I loved the Alison / Malone emerging story – maybe there’s a basis for
a series here which I would read
The book uses flashbacks between Alison now and Alison then during her
College days which was great as it gave insight to the previous murders
Some great twists near the end which I won’t spoil for you! I didn’t
see it coming!
Will was not very relatable as a character, maybe because there wasn’t
enough about him, he needed more of a back story, very 2 dimensional
Alison going from self-exiled hermit to super sleuth and solving a
case that the guardi couldn’t do in 10 years is a bit farfetched. She pretty
much identifies the new serial killer with a Google search
When you find out who the killer is, it leaves you feeling a little
let down as he had no real presence in the book, so you miss the ‘oh my god’
moment which is a pity
I’d recommend it as a good read with the caveat of not getting your
hopes up too high and just let it take you to the end instead of waiting for a
The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads ‘I’m sorry – S’ sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her.
Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate – and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. To get the answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground…
Prologue: It begins with a scene from the end of the book which I actually liked as it gave me the hook to find out what lead up to that stage.
The idea of a disappearance at sea was very intriguing and it kept me turning the page to find out if Sarah was actually alive or dead
the middle third of the book is definitely the best part of it with some fast-moving action and events
The first 3rd of the book is slow to start with way too much ‘mansplaining’ going on which did not add anything to the story.
There was a secondary subplot about a French family running alongside the main story which was confusing as I could see absolutely no need for it. it very loosely ties in at the end of the book to the main story but was completely unnecessary
Everything comes together too conveniently so the conclusion of the book feels too rushed which makes the end lack lustre and unbelievable
We find out why the killer picked his victims, but it just doesn’t wash as there wasn’t enough of a back story to give it any credence
It’s not a bad read but more of an ok read and I was left feeling a little bewildered by it when finished.