The most compelling part was Eden’s desperation...
This book alternates two points of view.
One of the two main characters is Jessica Sloane. Jessie’s mum has died and she’s plunged into terrible grief and insomnia. She then finds out her social security number is invalid and this starts a hunt for the truth about her ‘real’ identity. Jessie starts to question everything in the past. She also questions everything happening in the present since the insomnia is messing with her mind.
The other woman in the story is Eden. Eden is driven almost crazy by her desire for a baby. She and her partner are trying all kinds of fertility treatments and nothing seems to be working.
The most compelling part of the book for me was the exploration of Eden’s desperation. This felt very lifelike. She slips from being a stable woman into a person obsessed. There were creepy aspects to this and unsettling ones, as Eden explores how far she’s prepared to go to get what she wants.
I found Jessica’s difficulties a tad less compelling. At first she got my sympathy, yet her crisis kept drinking in everyone and everything around her, and this started to feel a bit strained. At the end of the story, we will find out the why all of this happened but the understanding only comes at the very end.
We have to wait until the second half of the book to find out how these stories are linked. We slowly unpick the reality from the nightmares and mind games.
If I’m being honest, I have to say it lost my interest a bit somewhere in the second half. Nothing much new was happening and a plot that started out as a great idea didn’t deliver the full punch I’d expected it to. That said, it was still a good story.
My thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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