Let me say from the beginning, I really enjoyed this book.
But, if it was a car it would have a 0-60 of about 5 minutes. Then however, it accelerates and takes you on one hell of a journey, that will have you gasping for breath.
The start of the book sees Erin Locke, a 30 year old documentary maker, digging a grave. But who is the grave for.
3 months earlier Erin was a young woman who was about to get married. Everything is perfect. She is about to start filming a new documentary about prisoners who are about to be released; her husband to be, banker Mark, is about as perfect as can be.
Then things start to go bad. Mark loses his job. The dream honeymoon turns into a nightmare when they find a bag following a storm.
The decisions that they make together, and those that Erin starts to make on her own, lead them into a steady spiral of danger, which will lead back to the start of the book and Erin digging a grave.
This story is brilliant and original. I have to admit I nearly gave in on it, the first 20% of the book is slow, but wow it was worth hanging in
Erin is one of those characters that you actually like and hate at different times in the book. The story is written in the first person, from her point of view, but I never felt like I actually knew her, or what she was going to do next.
It made for a great read, unpredictable and thrilling.
I got the feeling even Catherine Steadman didn’t know what Erin was going to do next, or how she would react to some of the situations she finds herself in, until she actually wrote them.
Holidays are coming and this would make a great poolside read.
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Publishing Date: 26th July 2018