My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I can see her through the glass door. She’s smaller in real life than I expected. She looks the exact opposite of the type of woman that might murder her husband.
Everyone’s heard of Simone Fischer. The young mother accused of killing her husband in cold blood, one sunny afternoon, while their son played in the room next door.
So when journalist Esme secures an exclusive interview with her it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. Simone has remained silent since her husband’s death but after a decade in prison, she is willing to talk to Esme. And Esme, recently freed from her own toxic marriage, is confident she can get Simone to open up.
At their first meeting, when Esme sees Simone sitting across the table from her in jeans and a lemon tunic top, she is stuck by her ordinariness. Then Simone begins to tell her story of an abusive relationship where she was a prisoner in her own home, and Esme decides that the truth needs to come out.
But not everyone is pleased that Esme is telling Simone’s story. And when Esme’s beloved sister is left for dead in a nearby wood, Esme’s life begins to unravel. Forced to question what Simone has told her, she can’t help but wonder if murder was the only way out of Simone’s marriage. Why has it taken Simone so long to tell the world the truth? And will the consequences be devastating for Esme?
Esme is a true crime podcaster/journalist with a new start-up company of her own. She is excited to learn that Simone, a woman accused of murdering her husband in cold blood, has agreed to speak to her after denying multiple requests from other journalists for the past decade.
Unfortunately, with this great opportunity also comes some shady characters and more tragedy. She was already dealing with a clingy ex and traumatized son after the son was involved in a hit-and-run and seriously injured. Now, added to that, her sister is involved in a brutal attack that leaves her in the ICU. Is it because of this new podcast? Is someone afraid of what will be revealed?
This story is told in a way that makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. As Simone’s and Esme’s stories are revealed you start realizing who the bad guys really are. I absolutely did not see the twists coming and was left with my jaw on the floor. I definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for letting me read an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinions.