“A chilling novel showcasing Claire Douglas’s trademark brilliantly claustrophobic settings and tightly plotted twists. Impossible to know which of the well-drawn characters to trust and very hard to put down.”–Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Do Not Disturb, an electrifying tale of psychological suspense in which an unsuspecting young woman finds herself trapped in an increasingly sinister web of mystery and lies.
CARER/COMPANION WANTED FOR ELDERLY LADY
YOUNG FEMALE PREFERRED
ROOM AND BOARD INCLUDED
She thought she was safe. So did the others . . .
At loose ends after the devastating death of her mother, Una Richardson responds to an advertisement for a ladies’ companion, a position that leads her into the wealthy, secluded world of Mrs. Elspeth McKenzie.
But Elspeth’s home isn’t the comforting haven it seems.
Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is evidence suggesting two girls lived here before her.
What happened to the young women?
Why won’t the McKenzies talk about them?
What are they hiding?
As the walls begin to close in around her, Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls . . .
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(4 / 5) Una gets a posh job working as an in-home caretaker for a wealthy elderly woman. She soon learns that the previous girls in her same position have been killed or missing. She wonders if she’s safe?
Starting this book I was so intrigued. The mystery had a lot that needed answers and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then halfway through the book, the POV changes and boom, I was hooked!
Elspeth is manipulative to others and her daughters. She is such an interesting character! Kathryn (Elspeth’s daughter), is desperate for love and attention, even as an adult. Throw them together with a young, pretty, attention-getter and problems arise. I tried to guess multiple times what was going on but never even came close. That was a great twist!
Content Summary: F words: 28, language, missing college age women, death by hit and run, possible suicide- a body is found beneath a bridge, domestic abuse, previous drug overdose death, adoption, youth drugs and drinking, death by head injury and hypothermia, embezzlement.
Thank you to Harper Perennial for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.
The book releases January 11, 2022.
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