The invites went out weeks ago, and tonight, at a lavish manor house surrounded by friends and family, Kaitlin couldn’t be happier. But as the champagne corks pop, her dream party becomes her worst nightmare…
Staring at the stunning diamond solitaire on her finger, Kaitlin is finally getting the chance to introduce her best friend Zoe to her perfect fiancé. She hasn’t known Greg long, but he looks after her, and he loves playing dad to her young daughter. How could she say no when he’s already planned their elopement?
As guests arrive, why is Greg acting so shifty? And is that a flicker of recognition on Zoe’s face? And why does she look terrified every time her phone rings?
Kaitlin watches as Zoe knocks back her white wine and makes a beeline for Greg. After a heated conversation, Zoe stumbles towards the door and flees the party without looking back.
Days later, the police knock at Kaitlin’s door – Zoe is missing.
Kaitlin wants to believe her loving fiancé is not to blame, but she knows what she saw the night of the party. And when he lies to the police, can she trust the man she’s marrying? Could Kaitlin and her precious daughter’s life now be in danger too?
I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
There are multiple twists in this domestic suspense. Kaitlin’s partner has organised a spectacular party for her birthday, she should be happy, but her previous controlling relationship with another partner has left her wary. Zoe is devastated and humiliated when her latest relationship ends. She isn’t in the party mood, but Kaitlin is her best friend, and she’s never let her down.
The suspense builds from Zoe and Greg’s first encounter, but the multiple suspects and plot twist keeps you guessing. Told from various viewpoints, many of the protagonists are unreliable, adding to the story’s unpredictability. The underlying ethos is poignant, and the ending is impactful.