- Written by: Sarah Pinborough
- Published by: Flatiron Books, January 31, 2017
- Length: 320 pages
- Source: gift
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.
When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?
As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
This book starts out with quite the bang…imagine flirting and kissing a man in a bar only to learn he is your new boss. Your new married boss is awkwardly now also flirting with you a bit in the office. Oh my!
There is so very much to say about this book, and yet I believe the only way one should read it is to go in with the barest of facts. Louise is a nice, but lonely single mom. Her ex seems to be getting on with life, and she is really stunted in the romance department. David in the bar was a mistake, clearly. She wonders if befriending his wife might also be stepping over the line. Adele is alone and a bit aloof, and Louise can’t put together other oddities about her. Can these two beautiful people, with their beautiful home be as happy as she first imagines, or as messed up as the reader surmises?
Along the way Sarah Pinborough tells the back ground stories of Sarah and David, and there is much to tell. It’s all plausible and the story is coming to some sort of denouement, and then…..just as teased and advertised….the #wtfthatending.
In all honesty until the last few pages I was loving this story, hooked and trying to decipher all the hints at what would happen. Then, I hated the ending. I wanted to throw the book against the wall. Yet, I can’t say don’t read it, the writing is sharp and the twisted story is good. Suffice to say the ending is a shocker, and not one I liked. It took a believable book over the edge. I would like to read more of Ms. Pinborough’s work, I’ve heard her YA books are very good.
If you have read the book, you might want to check out my friend Sarah’s blog post on Sarah’s Book Shelves. It’s a spoiler discussion on the book ending.