Author: Sibel Hodge
Narrator: Anna Parker-Naples
Published: September 2015, Brilliance Audio
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes
Chilling family secrets, obsession and decades-old lies. How well do we really know the ones we love? A gripping psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Look Behind You.
Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home and never came back. But now she’s suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia’s life—in the form of a chilling confession. Olivia’s father—in-law, wracked with guilt, says he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimer’s and his story is riddled with error and confusion. Except for one terrifying certainty: he knows where the body is buried.
As Olivia and the police piece together the evidence, they are left with one critical question. They have a crime, they have a confession, and now they have a body—but can any of it be trusted?
My thoughts: Sibel Hodge is a new-to-me author but when I read about this book, I just knew it was something I wanted to get my hands on. I've been in the mood for really good psychological thriller/mysteries lately and this one definitely fit that perfectly!
This is the type of book that you get slowly drawn into and can't help but become completely involved with. You just need to know what is going to happen next and see how all the pieces are fit together, and just when you think you have it all figured out, another secret is revealed that leaves you back at square one. As an added dimension to this already twisted tale, one of the main characters has Alzheimers and it is because of this that a long-ago secret comes to light.
What I loved about this book is that while at the surface it seems to be about what happened to the young girl that went missing so long ago, it delves into so much more. It's about just how far a family will go to protect those they love as well as exploring those very bonds of family and love.
After Tom, who had Alzheimers, confesses to killing Katie to Olivia, the rest of the family begs Olivia to let it rest. They believe he doesn't know what he's saying, that with his illness, you can't possibly trust what he says. But, Olivia can't let it go and so gets the cops involved. As they start investigating, Olivia start digging into things herself and begins unearthing things she wishes she hadn't. Is it better to keep some memories from surfacing?
I have not stopped thinking about this book since I finished listening to it. It was so good and I never saw the ending coming. I definitely think I will be listening to this one again to see if I missed any clues the first time around and I will certainly be checking out Sibel Hodge's other books as well!
Audio thoughts: This is the first time I've listened to Anna Parker-Naples and I thought she did a good job with the narration. She gives all the characters a unique voice and adds a little tension to her voice at times to create a little suspense.