Bought on an Amazon 99p offer after I was reeled in by a series of tweets saying how good a read this was. I am a complete and utter sucker for a 99p book deal. Like crack for a book blogger… second only to FREE books…
Anyway, the blurb:
“The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.
She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.
Who do you believe?”
This is my favourite type of book. A psychological thriller with a sting in the tail. Even BETTER is that it’s written from several different points of view. This little gem lasted less than 24 hours in my hands.
Martha and Becky are sisters. Very close sisters who end up with an ad-hoc nannying arrangement whereby Becky regularly takes care of Martha’s newborn daughter, Layla. One night when Layla is staying with Aunt Becky, she passes away. Was it an accident, a tragic cot death, or something more sinister?
The novel follows the court case of Layla’s death over the course of a week from the points of view of Martha, Becky, the witnesses and the judge amongst others. It’s so well written that it’s easy to get totally absorbed in the story and the trial and really want to know and CARE what actually happened to baby Layla.
It also raises questions on a personal level. What would you do in the same situation? Who would you believe? Martha and Becky’s family is split down the middle during the trial, with nobody able to decide who or what to believe. I’m an only child and don’t have any kids so can’t even begin to imagine…
I said on twitter when I finished this book that I was getting tougher with my star-ratings. I gave this 3 stars… Why? Because I guessed what had happened and why the time of death was wrong about half way through the book. I don’t like when I can guess, I want my shocking twist!
Maybe I’ve read too many of this genre now? Maybe I just got lucky? Maybe for once I was paying attention to the details? Who knows. I did enjoy this book, it’s an engrossing story and I’d really like to read more from Gillian McAllister.
Out now on Kindle // Paperback release 4th October.