Thirty-nine-year-old British photographer and single mom Tess has a good life that revolves around her nine-year-old son Joe and her thriving career. Things look even better when she meets Greg, a charismatic American pediatric heart surgeon, on a photo shoot. The two of them are instantly attracted to each other, and it isn't long before they get married.
When Greg is offered a dream job in Boston along with a part-time teaching position at Harvard, they discuss a possible move to America. Tess is initially reluctant about uprooting her son and leaving behind her friends and family. Plus there is an added complication: she is pregnant, something the couple had definitely not planned on. But they agree that this position is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and decide to go.
Greg seems happy to be back in America and the job is even better than he had hoped, but Tess and Joe have a hard time adapting to life in a new city. More worryingly, Tess notices that their new neighbors, and even some strangers, seem to recognize her husband, which he waves off as coincidence. As these strange encounters continue to occur, however, she begins to suspect that something is not quite right. In secret, she starts to look into Greg's past and discovers more questions than answers about the man she has followed across the ocean--the man who is the father of their new baby daughter.
Lucy Atkins follows her acclaimed debut novel with another white-knuckle ride that explores the danger that can lurk within the everyday routines of family life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Possibly the worst book I have ever read. Protagonist is a whiny, clueless, endlessly needy and always obnoxious narcissist. Her in utero child recoiled "in shock"? Please. Nell - the overseas conscience - fails utterly in her deus ex machina role. The plot is ridiculously convoluted straining credulity at every fraught turn. No. Just no.
I enjoyed this book. It certainly had enough twists and turns to keep me reading through to the end. The story did deliver suspense - mostly in the first half, where people were recognizing her husband when he'd never been there before. And then, as the gaps in his story were uncovered and lies exposed, I began to wonder what the husband was hiding. I think that the build-up of suspicion was intriguing - very well done.
I would probably have given this 5-stars if the ending wasn't so strangely convoluted. Still, I would recommend the book to friends, and I'd like to read more by the author.
I quite enjoyed this book about a solo mother who works as a photographer marrying a man she has not known for long. Marriage means a shift from England to America leaving behind all that is familiar to both her and her eight year old son.. The husband in question is a successful pediatric surgeon who seems to spend very little time at home. He is quite controlling of her but at all times very loving even so,, her suspicions of him are aroused relatively early in the story. Why she does not "wake up to him" a great deal sooner is questionable. Even so this is a good story , easy reading and good characters.
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