Published July 28, 2016
Harper Collins UK
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My legs were really bothering me yesterday and so I spent a lot of time with my feet up reading. I was so into this book, that I ended up staying up late to finish it.
Pregnant and alone, thirty-three year old Edie has a lot on her mind. So when the doorbell rings and she opens the door one day, she is completely surprised when she sees who’s standing on the other side. It’s her former best friend, Heather. They haven’t seen each other in almost seventeen years. Edie has imagined and dreaded this reunion over the years. Now that the moment has arrived, she is in shock and has no idea what to say to the one person she hoped to never see again.
Edie and Heather met when they were sixteen. While Edie had an easy time making friends, this wasn’t the case for Heather. When Edie shows an interest in being friends, Heather can’t believe it. Quickly they become close, but the friendship is always a bit lopsided with Heather a bit needier. Her home life is no better. They had moved to the town when Heather was ten for a “fresh start” after a tragedy rocked their family.
For awhile things are better for Heather, her friendship with Edie makes her so happy. But when Edie finds a boyfriend and starts hanging out with him and his friends, things start to change. But Heather doesn’t want things to change, she doesn’t want to lose Edie. Heather will do anything to keep from losing her.
However, not only do things change but everything goes horribly wrong. Betrayal and anger sets things in motion that changes both of their lives completely. Secrets that they have both kept all of these years. But who betrayed who? Why has Heather chosen to find Edie now?
What exactly happened all those years ago?
After that first visit, Edie avoids Heather but feels like she sees her everywhere she goes. But a few months later, Heather returns just when Edie has sunken far into feelings of hopelessness as a new mother. Edie doesn’t understand the feelings she’s having and why motherhood is so hard. Helpless to refuse the help that Heather offers, she even begs her to stay. But when she starts to come out of the black hole she had fallen into and her thinking clears, she starts to wonder about the timing of Heather’s return. Was it coincidence or was she just waiting for the perfect moment to come back? After everything that happened in the past, what does she truly want? And now that she’s back in her life, will Edie be able to get her out of it?
The book alternates between Before and After and is told from both Edie and Heather’s point of view. In the beginning I had a bit of a hard time figuring out who’s point of view it was but it didn’t take very long to catch on.
I think this is a really good psychological thriller. Full of suspense, with a clever and unique plot. Lots of little twists throughout the book made it even more enjoyable. It shows the darker side of friendship, obsession, and betrayal. That not everything is always what it seems. I would be positive I had figured something important out and and the author would throw a curve-ball into the mix and I would be back to trying to figure out just what was going on. I did not see the ending coming at all.
A gripping book. I was captivated by the story from start to finish. I hope to read more from Camilla Way very soon.
Thank you to NetGalley, Camilla Way, and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.