JOANNE HAYNES HAS A SECRET. THAT IS NOT HER REAL NAME.
And there’s more. Her flat isn’t hers. Her cats aren’t hers. Even her hair isn’t really hers.
Nor is she any of the other women she pretends to be. Not the bestselling romance novelist who gets her morning snack from the doughnut van on the seafront. Not the pregnant woman in the dental surgery. Nor the chemo patient in the supermarket for whom the cashier feels ever so sorry. They’re just alibis.
In fact, the only thing that’s real about Joanne is that nobody can know who she really is.
But someone has got too close. It looks like her alibis have begun to run out…..
I own but admit I haven’t yet read both Sweetpea and In Bloom by this author. But will be reading them as soon as possible after finishing this book. A stand alone novel.
It’s hard sometimes to give a review without giving away any spoilers, this is one of those books. I know sometimes I find myself writing half the story out when reviewing, especially if I want someone else to be grabbed by it, I don’t give out spoilers though.
The main character has a shall we say murky past, although she also has real issues full stop in reality. Joanne Haynes as we will call her isn’t exactly the best narrator, as you aren’t sure whether to believe or not to believe. She is a compulsive liar, creating different identities, for each person she meets, from bride to be in a wedding shop, to a top author to the man in the doughnut van. But then Joanne isn’t her real name either.
When someone who looks like her is murdered in the hotel where she works, Joanne is certain it was her they were after, so she has to run.
But one thing this author certainly knows how to write characters, they are all well rounded, which for me personally is a big thing. I want to feel for at least one character, I liked Joanne whether I should have or not I don’t know. There are also lots of twists and turns, some of which are small, but some are big shockers. But cleverly they all meet and mix perfectly and make sense. Told in a split narrative, from almost halfway through the book, where the reader gets to know about Joanne’s past.
At times a very dark story, but also sad. I have to say I struggled to read some of this due to personal issues. There is some violence which ironically didn’t bother me, being a reader of lots of crime novels. A thriller, but also a book about family, mental health and love.
An interesting good book, will be looking out for this authors next book. As well as getting round to reading the other two on my shelf.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I would like to thank #netgalley and #HQ for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.