Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Judging the Cover: The photo on the cover doesn’t appeal to me but I love the lacy font of the title.
Plot according to Goodreads: Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter’s happiness would lead to her husband’s death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they’re glad that Dawn – always an awkward child – appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in her relationship with Rud. But when Hanna and her husband, Joe, are beaten savagely in their bed, Rud becomes the chief suspect and stands trial for Joe’s murder.
Claiming her boyfriend’s innocence, Dawn estranges herself from her mother, who survived the attack with serious injuries and impaired memory. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to the family home saying she wants to support her mother, Hanna decides to try to remember details of that traumatic night so she can testify to keep her husband’s murderer in jail, never guessing that the process might cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter.
My Thoughts: I loved this book. The story is not fast paced but I found it to be extremely intriguing and thought provoking. The narrator and protagonist, Hanna, really reminded me of my own mother so I felt a strong connection to her.
The Good: The story has a slow simmering pace that slowly reveals the truth in a way that kept my interest. The characters were very well developed and the author did a great job at making them very likeable and unlikeable (depending on the character). The book is narrated by Hanna, the victim of the attack…I liked reading it from her perspective as she slowly remembers what happened the night she was beaten. This book evoked a lot of feelings…feelings of anger, sadness, and frustration. It is very chilling and disturbing at times (which could be a negative but I don’t mind chilling and disturbing)
What I didn’t like: The ending felt very abrupt, almost as if the author accidentally deleted the last page of her manuscript. (I read an advanced readers copy so it could be that the final draft has a more fulfilling ending)
My Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Definitely recommended!