"Given her popular book blog, I knew when Lisa asked me to review this book that I was in for a treat. I usually read like a snail, but I got through this book at speed because I could not put it down. It is hard to talk about the story without giving away too many details, just to say that this novel is being released at a time when domestic noir is at its most popular, and is sure to do well. It is already flying up the charts on preorder, and I predict a great future ahead for this author. The characters are very well fleshed out, and the story flows beautifully, with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Like previous reviewers, I did not see the end coming. It is the kind of book that you will read for a second time with a whole new perspective. A cracking book at a bargain price. Buy it today, you won't regret it." - Caroline Mitchell, Author of Don't Turn Around
"I love it when an author explores a dark, twisted relationship. Debut author, Lisa Hall does just that with shocking and heart-thumping authenticity.
The story explores the relationship between Sal and Charlie. We hear from both of them and see them in action. Sal stays at home, looking after their young daughter and Charlie works as a corporate lawyer. This family looks perfect on the outside; stable, successful and happy. However Charlie has a temper and sometimes strikes out at Sal. What will it take for Sal to leave?
So often we make assumptions about relationships, about other peoples’ relationships. Lisa Hall takes us into the murky world of domestic abuse. We get to know and understand Sal and Charlie. We see how Sal has become a victim to Charlie’s need for control. It is disturbing and chilling. It feels very real.
And a quick mention for that twist! I did not see that coming AT ALL. I usually spot these things and I didn’t! Clever! Very clever!
Recommended. I hope Lisa Hall has many more stories like this, up her sleeve!" - Northern Crime blog
"Wow what a fantastic debut novel . To the outside world Charlie and Sal are happily married with a gorgeous daughter but this is far from the truth with a controlling , abusive partner Sal fears their is nowhere to run ..This book highlights the horror of domestic abuse showing it from both the victims side and the bully and boy what a twist I never saw coming til it slapped my bang in the face .. Lisa well done on this excellent novel ! I look forward to reading more from you in the future .." - M, Goodreads Reviewer
"A fabulous novel by this new author with lots of twists and turns.
You never know what goes on behind closed doors! Sal and Charlie are the perfect family on the outside but Charlie has a temper and occasionally lashes out at Sal. Both sides of domestic abuse are portrayed from that of the victim as well as the bully. I had read the blurb so knew there was a twist - but really did not see it coming at all!
I would certainly recommend this fantastic book to family and friends. Look forward to what Lisa Hall writes next!" - S, Goodreads Reviewer
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