Newlywed Jade Westmore has finally found her forever in husband Wells, a charming, successful, and recently divorced architect—only there’s one caveat. Behind the gates of their elysian estate, hidden from street view in the caretaker’s cottage … lives Wells’ first wife, Sylvie.
Three years ago, the original Mrs. Westmore suffered an unfortunate accident—and hasn’t uttered a sound since. Not a physician, psychologist, or world-renowned specialist has been able to elicit so much as a word from the silent woman … until now.
On an ordinary Tuesday while Wells was away—despite instructions to never disturb the fragile woman—Jade visited her isolated predecessor bearing a peace offering: a bouquet of white lilies. Only she wasn’t expecting Sylvie to have something for her as well: a slip of torn notebook paper with a single word scrawled in shaky black ink.
That word? Run.
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My ARC Review:
Quite a gripping suspenseful read, lots of twists in the plot, just when you think you have it all figured out it turns in a different direction!
Jade Westmore is newly married, having found the husband of her dreams, living the life she could only dream about whilst writing a biography about her husband Wells’ late grandmother, a screen icon, Viviette Westmore. The house has not been touched and all her things are there.
The other thing on the property is Wells’ ex-wife, Sylvie, who suffered a terrible and tragic accident 3 years ago. She is cared for by a fleet of nursing staff as Wells feels the need to look after her personally. What happened to Sylvie remains a mystery as she is unable to communicate after her accident.
Jade had never met Sylvie, until the nurse on duty had to leave due to an emergency, and Jade steps in until a new nurse arrives. But as Jade is leaving Sylvie manages to give her a scribbled message – R-U-N.
A good read, well-paced with likable characters, definitely a who-dun-it where you think you have it sussed but of course you’re not quite right! If you like a mystery / suspenseful read, you should give this a try.
About the author
Minka Kent has been crafting stories since before she could scribble her name. With a love of the literary dark and twisted, Minka cut her teeth on Goosebumps and Fear Street, graduated to Stephen King as a teenager, and now counts Gillian Flynn, Chevy Stevens, and Caroline Kepnes amongst her favorite authors and biggest influences. Minka has always been curious about good people who do bad things and loves to explore what happens when larger-than-life characters are placed in fascinating situations.
In her non-writing life, Minka is a thirty-something wife and mother who equally enjoys sunny and rainy days, loves freshly cut hydrangeas, hides behind oversized sunglasses, travels to warmer climates every chance she gets, and bakes sweet treats when the mood strikes (spoiler alert: it’s often).
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