A roller coaster of a book which brings one phrase to mind.
If you are a fan of films like Fatal Attraction, and The Hand That Rocked The Cradle, this book will be right up your street.
The story starts with an eminent heart surgeon losing a patient during an operation. He wasn’t just any patient. He was the man that abused her sister. Did she give in too easily, could she have saved him.
Meanwhile an Assistant District Attorney is in a hotel room enjoying the delights of the future Mayor, but she’s not his wife. His wife is in hospital trying to fathom out if she could have saved the man who died on her operating table.
The ADA wants to be the woman in the future mayors life but she knows he’ll never leave his wife. So maybe she can find some way of proving she killed the man who died during his heart operation. If she can discredit her maybe her husbands political ambitions will lead him to leave her.
All that in the first few chapters. What follows is a twisting turning path to a firecracker of a finale
The characters in this book are beautifully written. Empathy swaps with sympathy, and changes to loathing as new pieces of the plot fall into place.
Nobody is who they seem to be from the start.
Written partly in the first person, and mainly in the third, this book had me on tenterhooks from the start.
I defy anybody to read this and not say they are shocked by the twists the story takes.
From the first minute the reader is made to sympathise with the Doctor, and even feel empathy for the ADA, the mistress, but things quickly change.
The story is like a tidal river changing flow, encouraging huge surges in empathy with different characters with each change of tide.
Right up until the last few chapters, then just when I thought I had it all worked out I read the very last paragraph
I really hope there’s a follow up to this book.
Pages: 290. Publisher: Bookouture.
Audio book length: 10 hours 46 minutes. Narrator: Gwendolyn Druyor