Some secrets should have stayed buried…
Lucy Mitchell had a troubled past, was abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself in foster care. This is where she met Amber and Josh, but living in a strict foster home brought fears of its own. Fears that brought Amber and Lucy closer together.
Amber and Lucy formed a pact. They said they would be friends for life and often found solace in the local woods to escape from their foster carer, Linda. This was a place they used to hide together, but when only one girl had returned from the woods, the note said Amber had run away.
Fifteen years later and Lucy is planning the wedding of her dreams with Josh until a body is found, then the trauma of Lucy’s past comes back to haunt her.
Tensions mount as Lucy, Josh and Linda all have secrets to hide and distrust makes them question each others story around Ambers disappearance. As the body’s identity is soon to be exposed, life for Lucy takes a terrifying turn for the worst.
The note says Lucy is next!
As soon as I read the description for this book I knew it would be a book that would captivate me entirely and I was not wrong. Lucy has certainly not had an easy life, finding herself in the foster care system from a young age she often felt alone in the world, that is until she met Amber and Josh.
Living with their overbearing foster carer Linda forced the trio together, but it was Amber and Lucy who made the pact to be friends for life, and managed to find solace with one another in the woods nearby – something that became a welcome escape from their foster home. However one day only one of the girls returned from the woods, and all that was left behind was a note informing them that Amber had ran away.
Fast forward fifteen years and we meet Lucy once more, although this time she is preparing for her upcoming wedding to Josh. She has the perfect day planned and finally feels as though she can leave the past behind her and embrace her future with the man she loves. When news comes of a body being found, all of the trauma and worries from her past come crashing back with an alarming force, threatening to derail the life she has built. As tensions begin to build it becomes clear that Lucy isn’t the only one harbouring secrets, and matters only get worse when a note is uncovered, a note that reveals that Lucy is next.
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. The story is so unique and perfectly paced, I found myself being swept along with all the drama and suspense from the moment I turned the first page. I loved how the author provides each character with their own unique voice, and all of them having their own flaws and secrets to uncover as the story pushes forward. A truly chilling story that has you immersed to the end.
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About the Author
JA Andrews is from Devon in the UK and the author of gripping twisty psychological thrillers. As well as writing fiction, he enjoys reading a mix of genres, watching reality TV and spending time with family and friends. He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and is often plotting his next novel…
*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and J A Andrews for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*