Published: January 2014
Source: I received an e-copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean.
Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her fantastically successful husband, she knows she was right to let down her guard.
But when Mark does not return from a business trip to the U.S. and when the hours of waiting for him stretch into days, the foundations of Hannah’s certainty begin to crack. Why do Mark’s colleagues believe he has gone to Paris not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks?
Hannah begins to dig into her husband’s life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him. As her investigation leads her away from their fairytale romance into a place of violence and fear she must decide whether the secrets Mark has been keeping are designed to protect him or protect her...
In a nutshell: I liked this well enough, but for me personally, this book was great in theory but fell just a little short in terms of execution.
As soon as I saw this on NetGalley, I rushed to request a copy. I loved the concept, and I connected with Hannah right away in spite of having very little in common with her. I was drawn in immediately, and I read the first two thirds of the book in one sitting.
A large part of the suspense component of this book lies in trying to decide whether or not Mark could be trusted, and for me, that just wasn't really up for debate. I made up my mind about Mark really early on, and I really never wavered in my opinion. I still enjoyed the book quite a bit, and I was very absorbed while reading it. I just felt like the tension could have been racheted up quite a bit if it had been a little harder to get a good read on Mark. I also felt that the ending was a bit abrupt, although I did like certain aspects of it.
I feel like I'm very up and down in this review, but I honestly did enjoy this and I'm sure the average reader of suspense would too.
As someone who has been with my husband for eight years and married for three, I find myself equal parts fascinated and horrified by these twisted tales of people who are suddenly forced to question just how much they really know about the people they've chosen to spend their lives with (says the girl with a serious Investigation Discovery problem). Definitely makes for a chilling story!
In browsing through descriptions of Whitehouse' other books, I'm actually pretty intrigued by the concept for The House at Midnight, so I think I will give that book a try before making up my mind about this author.
Have you read this one? Did you feel like you had Mark pegged pretty early on?
I'm really into psychological thrillers lately! I think something about this time of year really lends itself to creepy, suspenseful reads.
I'd love some recommendations!