Wow!! What a book! I am going to start by giving this book 5 stars, but I’m also going to give a warning. Although I thought this book was fabulous, it is possibly not a great book to read if you are sensitive about pregnancies, infertility and/or babies.
This book is going to be tricky to review without giving anything away, so apologies for being a bit vague, however any plot detail will be a spoiler alert, so very briefly, this story is about two women that have some serious secrets that play havoc with their lives and the lives of people around them. The novel takes on the writing style of alternating chapters for both of these characters, which is very effective. Michael wrote an encapsulating novel by leaving multiple chapters with an intriguing ending, either a big question or a revelation and making the reader hold on for a chapter of the other character, before being able to find out more. The balance is great because this is done at the right times and with enough interest in the other character to prevent the reader from getting frustrated, as I have with other books that take on this style.
This book encapsulates everything I love in a suspense/thriller. An excellent pace, unexpected revelations, a strong build up of suspense, a deep mystery of what is going to happen next, an ending that cannot be predicted (well you have a good idea of how it must end, but there are a number of ways it can play out), well developed characters, a realistic and believable plot and a satisfying ending.
I highly recommend this book, and I will be reading more of Michael Robotham’s work.