Psychological thrillers are one of my favourite book genres. I especially enjoy reading debut novels as I see it as chance to read something new, fresh and exciting.
Synopsis on Goodreads:
A casual comment.
There’s a killer among us.
That’s all it takes.
She stabbed little Robbie Harris.
To change a life –
She’s living under a new name.
She’s reformed. So they say . . .
Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word.
In 1969, 10 year old Sally McGowan killed 5 year old Robbie Harris. After serving her time she was released back into the world with a new identity. She is now happily settled with her family in Flinstead, her real identity unknown to anyone.
That is until Joanne relocates to the town after her son was bullied at school in London. She struggles to fit in with the other mums and is keen to fit in. In the hope it will get her some new friends she begins to spread a rumour she’s heard that Sally McGowan is now living among them.
The rumour spreads out of control and innocent people begin to be targeted. The book follows the impact on Joanne, her son and the whole town. It teaches a lesson in morality – do not gossip or spread rumours!
This was outstanding for a debut novel and I wasn’t sure who Sally really was until it was revealed near the end. Full of twists and turns, I recommend this book if you enjoy thrillers that keep you guessing.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.