The attention-grabber for me was that this novel is loosely based off the real-life mystery of the disappearance of Lord Lucan.
Thank you netgalley and Viking publishing for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Claire is a doctor who has a “double-life”. Her father has been missing for years and accused for the possible murder of Claire’s nanny and abuse/possible murder of her mother. No one, besides family, knows about this side of her story. There have been a few spottings of her father before, but this time it seems like the real deal. Claire’s kept up on the mystery via forums online, but she needs to know the truth for herself. What will she do to get the truth? Can she ever be safe?
I expected more suspense and mystery to this novel. It was more of a narrative of Claire’s life and background information about what happened to her parents as a child. There were also a ton of characters to keep track of. I found myself going back a few times to keep certain people straight in my head in terms of what their role was in the story. The switching timelines also got confusing. There was no real set-up as to when the narrator was going to switch between flashbacks and reality. That was sometimes hard to keep up with. It was just too dry of a mystery for me (at least for it being advertised as a mystery and thriller). I wouldn’t find myself reading it again. It could’ve been a good Dateline show.