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Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.
Man, this one was a thrilling ride to say the least!
So much ambiguity, the reader is left with so many questions as to what has happened to the characters before these pages. With alternating timelines and characters POVs, it all gets very exciting. I loved the whole storyline and premise – the author is an excellent a storyteller.
I’m not sure, I may be in the minority here, but the ending fell flat for me. I can see how it would be appealing, however (and I say this time and time again) I fall into the trap of wanting twists or a major WOW! moment with my psychological thrillers and this one was relatively straightforward.
All in all a great read, I’m looking forward to the reading the main character’s “book” – what a cool device – to write a book that was supposedly written by one of your characters. Brilliant!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 stars.