Fiction, Mystery/Thriller


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Length: 336 pages
  • Buy: Amazon


Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all―until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.

Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.

When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger

My Take:

I had a hard time rating this one. It’s well written, and the characters are well-developed and completely believable. The twist is really well done, and I readily admit that was expecting something completely different.

That said, I really struggled to keep reading this one. I expected faster pacing and tighter plotting. I’m not sure that’s the fault of the authors, however. I’m a member of BOTM, and I love mysteries and thrillers. When they put out a good mystery/thriller, that’s usually what I get. The problem is that so many BOTM ‘domestic thrillers’ have been about seemingly perfect married couples who are keeping sinister secrets. Despite the twists and turns, as I read this book, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d read it all before. Now, I understand that some readers enjoy reading books that are similar to their favorites, and that’s why I’m keeping the rating at 3.5.

If domestic thrillers are your thing, and you want to read a good one, this is it. If you need to wait awhile before your next thriller dealing with a married couple, as I should have, you can do that, too.


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