I would like to thank @_DanielleLouis_ @HeraBooks and @PhilViner for my spot on this blogtour.
In a frantic late-night phone call, Ben learns his wife, Mia, has killed a man. And she needs his help.
When Ben arrives at Mia’s hotel room, the scene is horrific – but over the course of the night it will get much worse.
All their secrets will be uncovered, and they will discover how far they’ll go to protect themselves and each other… will they kill for love? Or will they die for it?
One phone call. Twelve hours to save their marriage. And their lives.
Told in real-time half-hour chapters, this is a read-in-one-sitting thriller that fans of T.M. Logan and Harlan Coben will devour. Sit down and strap yourself in for the rollercoaster read of 2022.
How far would you go to protect your wife of 20 years? That’s the main question this story asks. Ben and Mia have been married for 20 years they swore that they would always be there for each other.
It’s 11.59 on a February night, Ben is asleep in bed when he hears Mia’s voice calling him but she’s not in bed by his side, he feels groggy as if he is hungover and he can’t seem to remember anything from when he fell asleep. He goes in search of Mia, but she isn’t in the house. Her mobile phone rings but he has to work out where it’s coming from, eventually he realises it’s in a hidden handbag in a cupboard, in the bag are her mobile phone, £200 cash, her purse and usual ID. Then the house phone rings he goes towards it and sees he has a number of missed calls. When he answers Mia is in a state, she needs Ben’s help, she has killed a man, in self defence or so she says and she wants Ben to get some things, a hammer, bleach, gloves, towels, rubbish bags and a knife. When Ben hesitates she uses his wedding vows. He is given strict instructions of how to get where she is, and what to wear so he isn’t spotted on any CCTV cameras.
As Ben arrives at the address he realises it’s a very seedy hotel, what was Mia doing here? He wants to call the police, surely if it was self defence then Mia would be fine. Why wasn’t she home in bed next to him? Ben debates whether to go in but in the end his conscience pushes him forward. When he sees Mia he is shocked, she has bruises on her arms, round her neck and at the tops of her legs. Lying on the floor is a young man. Ben tries to ask what Mia is doing there in the first place but Mia isn’t answering questions right now she gives Ben’s his instructions.
The whole story is told over 7 hours, through the points of view of both Mia and Ben and the clock is ticking. But as they clear up one problem and believe themselves safe something else happens leading to them getting deeper and deeper into trouble. But which of them is telling the truth. There are so many twists and turns in the story. It is clear the marriage is failing, gradually we learn of secrets each of them have been keeping from the other. It’s hard at times to feel sympathy for either of the characters. I probably have more sympathy for Ben than I do for Mia.
Ben still loves Mia, but can the same be said of Mia, does she still love Ben. As the story unravels, the couple find themselves caught up with more bloodshed, arson, blackmail and a lot more.
This is one fast paced, rollercoaster ride that will keep you gripped, you need to have time to read it in one sitting if possible because as each brief chapter ends it ends with yet another dilemma that the couple find themselves in. What at first seems like a simple clean up turns out to be so much more.
I loved the fact that we get both sides of the story, both characters thoughts as to the marriage, when cracks started to appear, the lies each of them have told.
The plot is intriguing, with some complex characters, terrific writing, there are bits you have to abandon all belief but it’s best to just go with the flow you definitely won’t be disappointed. Despite it being mostly gritty there are a few humorous bits. This is a writer to watch out for, I haven’t read any of his previous books but I will be looking them up after reading this one. A brilliant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read.
I would like to thank @Hera books for an eARC of this book and @_DanielleLouis_ for inviting me to take part in this blogtour.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
P. D. Viner is an award-winning filmaker and playwright who has studied and worked in the United States, New Zealand, Russia and his native UK. He created the range of best-selling audiobooks for Shakespeare and the classics: The SmartPass Guides.
He lives in Brighton, UK with his American wife (the academic linguist, blogger and commentator Lynne Murphy)and his five year old daughter.
His debut,The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, is his first murder. The novella The Sad Man, is his second. He will kill again.
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