Adrian’s third wife, Maya, dies by accident one night. She was wasted and fell into the path of a bus. While her death seems accidental, the fact she was uncharacteristically drunk at the time sticks in Adrian’s mind.
About a year of mourning later, he decides that he must find a new owner for the cat Maya left behind and places ads around town. A mysterious woman shows up a couple times to meet the cat but ends up not taking the cat.
Then the oldest of Adrian’s kids finds some hateful emails to Maya on the couple’s old shared laptop. Combined with a couple more run-ins with the mysterious cat lady Adrian starts to question everything what really happened to Maya.
While this is not a classic murder mystery that I like, it did keep me on my feet and I couldn’t have predicted what happened.
This book is more about Adrian and his faults than about Maya. Adrian realizes the happy story he has created of his past wives and kids being one big happy family is just a number of lies he tells himself to avoid facing the mess of broken families he has left behind. The ending is too easy of a redemption for Adrian – book even writes a sequence about how Adrian decides not to pursue an affair with he mysterious lady because he is a changed man! Maya is now forgotten and no longer mourned. She was just a cruelly used plot device.
All I want to do is kick Adrian in his stupid balls.