Rating: (2.5/5 bones)
This book definitely held my interest, but left me a bit disappointed. Like many mysteries, tiny details were revealed throughout the book, but this one definitely held on to secrets until the bitter end. Like 95-97% of the way through to get answers. And the outcome, to me, felt disconnected from the rest of the book. I won’t reveal any spoilers, but you really won’t ever guess it, at least I didn’t. Which is usually a good thing, and while explained, I still felt it was a stretch.
The main character Anna Ray is a train wreck. She’s been through hell but tends to dwell in it, through ignorance, self-pity, and wine, lots of wine. We know that February 17th is a tough day for her and the general details around why, but it takes the whole book to get the whole story. And this year, this date is no different when more bad things happen on February 17th. Her cousin Jeannie, the only family she really knows, comes to town to help her deal, but seems to be just as bad as Anna as their first night together ends with them black out drunk!
I just wasn’t invested in the story and was glad when it was over. Which is a bit disappointing because I loved The Widow File, a 5 bone read for me, which I hold for only my very favorites! I won’t let this keep me from picking up books from Ms. Redling in the future, this one just didn’t do it for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to preview this book.
A new thriller from the bestselling author of Flowertown, The Widow File, and Redemption Key.
Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.
A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the eve of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep…
But when Anna awakes on the darkest day of her year, she has no idea that fate is about to intervene in the form of a pair of gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.