Lisa Hall loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed about being a writer since she was a little girl. After years talking about it she was brave enough to put pen to paper and write a book and let people actually read it.
Lisa lives in a small village in Kent in UK, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a large brood of children, dogs, chickens, ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.
Rachel – the main character of the story; a woman who tells us the whole story through the book. She is a sensible but at the same time a strong woman who knows what she is doing and wants to find the truth no matter what cost she will pay.3
Gareth – a Rachel`s husband, always busy, not very social and sometimes inpatient.
Robbie – Rachel and Gareth`s son; young, trustable and polite guy.
Amy – a neighbor and Rachel`s friend.
Liz – the Rachel and Gareth`s neighbor where the new year party happened.
Ted – a friend of Rachel and Gareth, later involved in love affair with Rachel.
Sean – Ted`s son.
Aaron – a Rachel`s friend from university times and co-worker of Gareth; pretty rude person, he is later stalking to Rachel.
Carrie – a woman detective from police department.
It was the morning after New year`s party at the neighbors. The main character of the book story, Rachel, wakes up in a strange room, realize that she lost all the memory from last night.
She doesn’t know why her husband left her alone at the party. Did they row? After she finds out that she has bruises on her arms and that her friends and neighbors are behaving so vague about what happened, she realizes that some serious problems are on the way.
She decides that she will find a truth, no matter what cost she will pay for it. Little by little Rachel puts pieces together about the devastating events that took place in a friend`s house, at a party where she should be safe.
Actually everyone remembers what happened that night but differently and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel and soon or later she will discover it.
My view and opinion
The story starts in the morning after the party. Then it continues with Rachel who is searching for the man who did something to her, she actually realized later that she was raped and drugged. The detective Carry gets the case, she is helpful but the police work is slow and precise. Instead of that, Rachel is searching for a suspect on her own which is a bit dangerous and also exhausting for her. She is hanging around and talk to all neighbors, asks them questions and desperately trying to catch some memory from the new year`s night.
I like the structure of the book story; by my opinion it is something unique. After the chapters of the present in the book, there are also chapters from the Rachel`s life from past, so you are able to get more clear image of things which are connected with happenings in the future.
The book is a brilliant thriller. It sucks you into it and till the end you don’t know exactly how the story is gonna finish. I don’t need to mention that I completely miss with my guess who was the suspect.
Lisa Hall is a great author and I hope she will write many good books!