This tense and rather sinister psychological thriller held my attention from the beginning and without giving too much of the plot away, it is the intertwined story of three very different women who at first seem to have very little in common, and yet as the story progresses, the strands that bind them together are revealed in scary detail. We have Claudia, heavily pregnant who lives a fairly solitary life when her naval husband, James, is away at sea. She welcomes Zoe into her home to help as a nanny, but there’s something about Zoe which makes Claudia uneasy. And then there’s Lorraine, a police officer who is investigating some pretty horrific crimes against pregnant women. All three are strong women, capable in their own way but crucially flawed when it comes to their capacity to believe in themselves.
This is definitely not for the faint hearted and whilst the graphic nature of the narrative certainly cranks up the tension, the power of the writing comes from the observation of what makes these women behave as they do.
The story will appeal to those who have enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn but it's probably not a story for anyone who is expecting a baby in the coming months !
My thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone for my copy of this book.