No one ever thinks they’ll get caught…
Moments before police arrive on the scene of a car accident in rural Montana, Sonia has time to make one phone call. With one word whispered, she sets off an unstoppable chain of events. Once police arrive, she confesses to the brutal murder of her stepsister, Emma.
After, she’s sentenced to life in prison where she learns her stepfather’s ruthless reach. It’s a game of cat and mouse– a game she has already lost. She only needs to hold on long enough to be sure her secret is kept safe.
Until one day, news of an unidentified man’s death confirms her worst fear, and Sonia must get out of prison, at all cost. What did the dead man say, and who heard him say it?
Because everyone is guilty of something…
Eva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.
She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.
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My thoughts: this book did not go the way I expected from either the blurb or the opening scenes. Alternating between characters, this clever thriller sends you all over trying to work out who the good guys are and how Sonia, stuck in prison, can ever help anyone, least of all herself. Why did she confess to Emma’s murder and who is she so desperate to protect?
The ending felt a little harried – but I suppose that did give a sense of the desperation and terror the characters were feeling in that moment and there were a few loose ends I wanted resolved. But hopefully the author will revisit the law firm (for instance) and round off the stories there at some point. Overall though, this was an enjoyable domestic noir thriller with a suitably awful villain and very brave protagonists.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.