Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.
Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter.
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began?
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too.
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.
What did I think?
Louise Leighton is happily married to Michael with two happy carefree children, Brooke and Dominic, when an unfortunate event shatters her world.
Wow! This book fell through my letterbox and didn't even hit the bookshelf - once I picked it up, it refused to be put down! It gripped me from the very first page when Michael revealed that he had been having an affair with his sister-in-law. He blames his actions on Louise, as she has changed after “that night”. “That night” is the hook that had me turning page after page, long after I should have been asleep and dreaming of books, beer and cheese.
Jack Jordan has very cleverly chosen a mindless act for “that night” that sets in motion a series of events with cataclysmic consequences, resulting in a shared secret between Louise and her daughter, Brooke. The tension was palpable as more details of “that night” emerge and the past doesn’t just come back to haunt them, it comes back to get even.
This is an exceptional debut novel; the writing is sublime with an abundance of magnificent metaphors that had me mentally applauding on every page. This is definitely a contender for my book of the year.
I received this book from the author (via contact from my blog) in exchange for an honest review.