Think you know the person you married? Think again…
Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.
Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts–paper, cotton, pottery, tin–and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.
Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.
My thoughts: this was very clever, switching between viewpoints, filling in the last 10 years of marriage, allowing you to begin to work out what went wrong for the Wrights as they bicker in the remote converted chapel in the snow.
They seem to have it all, professional success, a lovely house, a sweet dog called Bob, but they seethe with resentment and squabble pointlessly.
But there in their free holiday let things start happening that are a bit unnerving. The power goes out, doors are locked and unlocked, Bob the dog vanishes, and who is the strange woman in the cottage – the only other person around for miles.
Slowly, as the weekend and weather deteriorate, secrets are revealed and stories told. A very clever thriller from an excellent writer (read her other books).