"A mother is just a woman who gave birth to you. You don't need her to like you, or love you. Because a mother's just another person.
She was. And now she's dead."
Growing up, Rae played the good girl, hoping to win her mother Marlene's love. But Marlene favored Rae’s dangerous older brother Thomas, even after he nearly got teenage Rae killed. The night Thomas disappeared was the best night of Rae’s life.
Now 28 years old and engaged, Rae is nursing Marlene, who has advanced cancer and one last request: for Rae to find Thomas and bring him home.
Thomas purports to be a changed man, the CEO of his own meteorically successful company. But Rae knows he's hiding something. When Marlene takes a turn for the worse, is it assisted suicide or murder?
The answer goes back decades, through secrets and pain, and comes back full circle. Rae has to figure out who she can really trust. Or else.
Poor little good girl . . . who'll save her now?
Oh, this novella was such a great story to read! I loved how the story was told, we got some chapters narrated by Rae, then by Thomas, Marlene, and finally Rae again. And that was brought the whole story together, because there was a lot going on to connect!
Rae believes that her brother tried to kill her. We don't find out how until Marlene's POV. We instead get the story of a family with complicated relationships-mom and brother close knit, with her on the outside. But now that her mom's dying of cancer, things are different!
Thomas gave us another view, in that their mother had a terrible secret. Being a successful businessman-but with his business flailing. And that he didn't like Rae's fiance, Simon. Rae was really the only one that did!
Finally, Marlene's story. That her husband was depressed and had wanted to die for most of her life. That Rae had a Peeping Tom, but that Rae wasn't told about, shortly before Rae was chased out into traffic, but Rae thinking it was Thomas who'd done it, when it wasn't, and Marlene figuring out who it was. And then wanting to protect her daughter!
This book was just so fantastic, I loved all the reveals! Such a great, intriguing book!
Author: Holly Brown
Read: October 29th, 2016
Reason Why: I was offered a chance to read it, and it sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2016 Book!
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Published: November 1st 2016