Coming at you today with another True Crime Podcast-based novel! Let’s jump right in…
Thank you St Martin’s Press for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis: Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she (conveniently) doesn’t remember a thing about that night. But the police charged someone else—a stranger—and put him away for life. And Hannah packed up her six-year-old daughter and left London behind. But now her hard-won countryside peace is threatened. Conviction, a viral true crime podcast known for getting cases reopened and old verdicts overturned, has turned its attention to Hannah’s husband’s murder for its new season. They say police framed the man who was found guilty, and that Hannah has more suspicious secrets than just her memory loss: a history of volatility; citations at the clinic where she worked as a psychiatrist; dependencies on alcohol and pills; and a familicidal grandmother, locked away in a Gothic insane asylum until her death. As Hannah loses the trust of everyone she loves, the only person she feels she can confide in is a former colleague, Darcy, who’s come back into her life—but who may have motives of her own. But Hannah can’t tell even Darcy her deepest secret: that she’s still tormented by the memory of her husband and the crater he carved through her life.
I think I really need to steer clear of alternating timelines for a bit, or maybe it was just that it was not executed well in this book. The book started off really strong with lots of potential, and got muddied really fast for me. There was too much going on…too much to keep up with…too many “really?! I don’t know…” type moments for me. There was suspense that kept me reading towards the end of the book, which ended stronger than the other 75% of the story. Otherwise, not something I would pick up again to read.