If you want to read an unputdownable, fast-paced, easy-read thriller, this is a book for you.
Hannah is a New York-based British advertising executive who is whisked off her feet by a tall, dark, handsome and wealthy stranger, Mark, and marries him within seven months of meeting. She moves back to settle in London where he lives. She knows very little about him but is sure she’s found her Mr Right. Life is rosy. Mark runs his own successful business, he is loving, attentive and charming.
When Mark doesn’t return home one weekend from a business trip to New York, Hannah starts to worry. Worry soon turns into suspicion when she realises that he has been lying to her. She digs around in his files for information and questions his colleagues and friends about certain issues that don’t add up. Within days she has uncovered a nest of vipers about Mark’s past. The question is: how much of it is true? And that is what Hannah decides to find out.
At first, I hated this book. The characters are two-dimensional; they’re all living the good life in some shape or form and the voice of Hannah just babbled away repetitively. However, after a few chapters I was drawn in. I wanted to know if Mark was the perfect man he’d originally seemed or if in fact he was the baddy that Hannah now suspected him of being.
I grew to like Hannah. She is determined not to be like her mother, who drove her father away with her constant checking and accusations of affairs. She wants to trust Mark and believe he is good. However her discoveries soon leave her feeling vulnerable and afraid.
Okay, it’s not literary in any sense, but Lucie Whitehouse can write a good piece of action, and this had me hooked until the end. The pace is fast all the way through and there are lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. You won’t want to stop reading this until you get to the end.
Verdict: A good, light summer read.