by: Katherine Faulkner
Helen’s idyllic life—handsome architect husband, gorgeous Victorian house, and cherished baby on the way (after years of trying)—begins to change the day she attends her first prenatal class and meets Rachel, an unpredictable single mother-to-be. Rachel doesn’t seem very maternal: she smokes, drinks, and professes little interest in parenthood. Still, Helen is drawn to her. Maybe Rachel just needs a friend. And to be honest, Helen’s a bit lonely herself. At least Rachel is fun to be with. She makes Helen laugh, invites her confidences, and distracts her from her fears.
But her increasingly erratic behavior is unsettling. And Helen’s not the only one who’s noticed. Her friends and family begin to suspect that her strange new friend may be linked to their shared history in unexpected ways. When Rachel threatens to expose a past crime that could destroy all of their lives, it becomes clear that there are more than a few secrets laying beneath the broad-leaved trees and warm lamplight of Greenwich Park.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓 1/2
This was a book of unreliable narrators. Each chapter is from a different viewpoint and as result you get to see each character from a fresh lens. All of the characters made an initial impression on me, but slowly their real personalities were revealed. Helen (what a great name!), the protagonist, presented herself as put together and amiable, but turned out to be annoying and needy. It was a true who-dun-it in which people were not as they appeared. This one was a little too predictable, but a fun read.
I highly recommend this original, suspenseful and unpredictable mystery/thriller. This is the debut novel of an author who was an investigative reporter and head of news at the London Times, and it shows. An easy read, but a twisted and involved tale – excellent writing, too. You’ll enjoy the characters also – there are many secrets to discover about each of them. I was hooked all the way!