Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she (conveniently) doesn’t remember a thing about that night. But the police charged someone else—a stranger—and put him away for life. And Hannah packed up her six-year-old daughter and left London behind.
But now her hard-won countryside peace is threatened. Conviction, a viral true crime podcast known for getting cases reopened and old verdicts overturned, has turned its attention to Hannah’s husband’s murder for its new season. They say police framed the man who was found guilty, and that Hannah has more suspicious secrets than just her memory loss: a history of volatility; citations at the clinic where she worked as a psychiatrist; dependencies on alcohol and pills; and a familicidal grandmother, locked away in a Gothic insane asylum until her death. As Hannah loses the trust of everyone she loves, the only person she feels she can confide in is a former colleague, Darcy, who’s come back into her life—but who may have motives of her own. But Hannah can’t tell even Darcy her deepest secret: that she’s still tormented by the memory of her husband and the crater he carved through her life.
I loved the idea, but the execution was a little messy. Usually the books that contain podcasts work better as audio. I may visit this again when the audio is live. It seemed like I would love it, but I only liked it.
This reminds me of the Silent Patient where you are not sure of what is happening. She may have killed her husband, but her memory is a mess. Thus the story begins, and it gets complicated. I did appreciate how the story kept me wondering what was going on and how it would play out, but there were some times it just seemed a little too out there for me to really believe it.
I loved the unreliable narrator trope. Hannah is a great example, and it was interesting to see how she would fall apart as book went on because that is what always happens.
There were some parts I found silly, and I was wondering if there was a point to how some things played out. I was mildly annoyed at times, but it was not enough to make me quit the book.
The events of this book are a lot. It seems like the author wanted to pack in as much as she could, and the book was too much in the end. It had a lot of good parts, but other pieces were way too much. You do not need every single trope in the book to make it good.
I did like this book, but there were some times I wanted to quit. I think the writer has potential, but this book did not land in the favorite thrillers category today.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for. the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.