Connie wakes up in a psychiatric unit and has no idea why she is there. The staff are fascinated by her. She looks in the mirror and sees bald patches where her hair has been torn out. Her body is covered in scars…
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How close is too close?
Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.
It’s all too much. Something has to give.
Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. They say she committed a terrible crime but she says she can’t remember a thing.
Or is Connie lying? Has she really forgotten what she did?
We follow Connie as she works with her psychiatrist to piece together what happened. What has happened to her family? And what has happened to Ness?
This is a story that tangles together friendship, deceit and mental illness. I do not feel it is accurate to describe this story as a thriller. You quickly understand the outcome – you just do not understand how or why it happened.
By seeing inside the mind of Connie, I got a breathtaking insight into the impacts stresses and betrayals can have on mental health. And how quickly this can deteriorate.
Some of my favourite parts of the story were the chapters seen from the point of view of the psychiatrist. She had plenty of her own issues going on and this soon impacts her work with Connie. This adds a really interesting narrative and meant I never got bored of the main storyline.
I highly recommend giving this a read. But I would recommend not expecting a typical psychological thriller – it goes much deeper than that.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.