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'He's the real deal...' JOE HILL
'Another read in one sitting from the best-selling Swanson.' METRO
'A brilliantly original premise, delivered with panache.' CLARE MACKINTOSH
On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.
But who really is Alice, his father's much younger second wife? In a brilliant split narrative, Peter Swanson teases out the stories and damage that lie in her past. And as her story entwines with Harry's in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening - will Harry be able to see any of it clearly through his own confused feelings?
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The book begins with a death in the family, and it brings Harry Ackerman back to his family home and the stepmother he has been avoiding. Harry is undeniably attracted to his stepmother, the young and beautiful Alice. As the book progresses, we learn that Harry's attractions may not be unanswered and may in fact have been encouraged. But did his father die of an accident or did his stepmother plot to kill him? There is a cloud of suspicion on his "accident" and if you are a frequent reader of mystery and suspense novels then you would have learnt the killer and the mastermind by the middle of the book. The book has a promising start but the flashbacks of Alice's life before marrying Harry's father ruined the suspense. Alice’s past mirrors what is happening in the present, but is she the killer? Or is it the unknown woman who Harry keeps seeing loitering around the house? Harry has read a lot of mystery&suspense novels because that is a shared hobby between him and his father but he certainly failed to solve this mystery. This novel has some taboos which lends a part in the mystery but may not appeal to a lot of people.