Status: Read from Feb 6 to Feb 12, 2016
My rating: /5
Author: Clare Mackintosh
A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?
In a split-second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever.
Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…
A very impressive psychological thriller. The story is narrated for three POVs. The main character Jenna Gray, the lead detective Inspector Ray Stevens and a man named Ian Peterson. The story begins with hit-and-run accident of a five-year-old boy Jacob on a foggy rainy day. I cringed at this moment and every moment this scene was played in the mother’s memory. A five year old is hit by a fast moving car emerging suddenly from nowhere and the driver doesn’t stop. Not even to see what terrible thing he has done, what has happened and to call for an ambulance.
When the detective with his team comes to the accident scene all evidence have erased out due to rain. They do not have any clue to continue their investigation. Jenna’s live is scattered in a split-second. The only way to re-make her world is to walk away from everything. It’s more than a year and there is no progress in the hit-and-run case. Inspector Ray is forced to close this case. Jenna meets Patrick, a veterinarian. And she find little happiness for having someone who cares for her. But she doesn’t want to make him so close, as she has a secret which she cannot risk.
Ray with his team consisting for detective Kate and Stumpy continue working in this case un-officially.
In the beginning the story is very slow. And I felt like losing interest in it. Almost 100 pages into the book and there was no twist or interesting turn. But I think that’s normal as in real the police cases takes time to solve.
Inspector Ray is struggling to make a balance in his professional and personal life. His wife is struggling growing up two children and the eldest son is having trouble at school.
The twist comes in part two, when the police knock at Jenna’s door to arrest her for hit-and-run case. The story becomes thrilling from here with all twists and turns. The story unfolds. Jenna declares herself guilty for the hit-and-run case. But Inspector Ray is suspicious. He feels there is something Jenna is hiding. There is more to her story. The case cannot be so simple. And here comes the role of Ian Peterson, the fear factor in Jenna’s life. I really didn’t see this coming. After all who is responsible for Jocob’s accident? How is Jacob’s mother related to Jenna?
It’s hard to believe this is Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel. Anyone who loves family life, reality, detective work, mystery and psychological thrillers will love this.
About the Author:
Clare Mackintosh is an author, feature writer and columnist. She has written for The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Green Parent, and many other national publications, and is a columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine.
Clare Mackinstosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant, and now writes full time. She is founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and their three children.
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