First let me say that within my social circle, this book has divided the opinion of everyone that has read it. Some loved it, some hated it. Some were indifferent. Personally, I really enjoyed it, and I’ll talk a little about that in this review – but it’s fair to say that if you don’t like books that require a healthy dose of suspended disbelief then you probably aren’t going to love it.
There are three main protagonists in this novel – David, Adele and Louise.
David and Adele are married, when David meets Louise, on a night out. They have a kiss – nothing more, but Louise is besotted. Then happy turns to horror when she discovers that her new boss at the medical centre, starting the following week is – you guessed it – David.
Louise decides that she is going to keep things professional with David, because she doesn’t want to break up a happy marriage. However it soon becomes clear that David and Adele’s marriage is not all it seems to be.
Meanwhile, Adele, aware of Louise and David’s connection, is engineering a way to ‘bump’ into Louise, which she pulls off, resulting in them meeting, and becoming friends, albeit against Louise’s better instincts. Over time Louise grows concerned that Adele is so vulnerable, controlled and medicated (by David) that she starts to question what goes on behind their closed doors. Can the gentle, funny, kind David that she knows be the same controlling monster that seems to be terrifying his wife?
Things then escalate between Louise and David, and Louise is stuck in the unenviable position of being with David, and being ‘best’ friends with Adele and seeing two completely different sides to the man she is beginning to care deeply for. As far as she’s aware, David doesn’t know she’s even met Adele, and Adele definitely doesn’t know that she’s sleeping with David.
Or does she?
As has been said in other reviews, it’s very hard to write about this book honestly without giving out spoilers, but there are elements of the paranormal, which some people may find hard to connect with. However I was completely fascinated with this part of the story, and was utterly sucker-punched as I got towards the end.
Thanks to Netgalley & Harper Collins for giving me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.