First Line: “Hello there,” She said. I looked at her pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar next to me in the business class lounge at Heathrow Airport, then up into the stranger’s face.’
What the blurb says: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
After a chance meeting in an airport bar Ted spills his secrets to Lily, the stranger he just met about his discovery of his wife’s infidelity and how he wishes her dead. Without missing a beat Lily offers to help Ted to kill his wife. As they arrange to meet again a dark plan is soon hatched but would they really do it? And if so, would they get away with it?
This is a new twist on Patricia Highsmith’s classic strangers on a train. The novel is told from the perspective of each of the main characters with frequent flashbacks of their lives which I found a very effective device. As a reader I was able to find out little titbits of information which kept me hooked into the story and left me wanting more.
The characterisation in this novel is superb. Each character has its own twisted logic of death which makes for a boiling pot of deceit and betrayal. The novel is jammed packed full of pace with twists and turns at every corner which I found I couldn’t put down.
The intricate plotting, a great mid-point twist – which you won’t see coming and a surprise ending make this a very gripping read.
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