My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Summary: Balanced on the razor edge of moral ambiguity, this sexy and seductive debut novel asks: How can you find out that the person you love is a killer…and continue to love him anyway? Perfect for fans of Karen Rose, Sandra Brown, and Erica Spindler.
On the night of her wedding to Rob, Ellie’s perfect world suddenly collapses. Her suave, charming, sophisticated husband is not the man she believed him to be. Could he really be a killer?
Ellie is rapidly swept into a lethal vortex of betrayal, lies, and uncertainty: Who is the man she married, really?
And how far will she go to protect him?
From Manhattan to the Caribbean, Rob and Ellie struggle to escape the grip of Rob’s former life - a life his employers are determined to ensnare him in for good.
When faced with a terrible choice—to become a murderess herself to save the man she loves, or to let him die—Ellie’s decision propels her into a whiplash-paced adventure, filled with cinematic twists and a startling sense of unease.
I thought this was a bit better than just ok but I can't honestly say that by the end, I strongly liked it. The story of Ellie & Rob being told by two threads in alternating chapters titled "Then" and "Now" felt tedious. I admit to being far more interested in the Now and I was also just annoyed that the Then felt disjointed and didn't even always pick up where the prior Then, ended. The summary definitely drew me in and more than anything was what kept me turning the pages so that's to the good. I was completely put off by the reveal of Quinn's relationship to Rob and truly feel that this is the point where the story fell short for me. I did like how Lucien's thread tied into Ellie and Rob's main one but I ultimately felt that the reader is supposed to empathize with Rob's plight but I didn't. I never felt that he was deeply rendered enough as a person for me to care, let alone, empathize. This of course never made me see what Ellie was going to the lengths she did. I hate to say that given the summary, I thought this story would have been different & I felt a bit of disappointment.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks to Netgalley.
Expected publication: March 22nd 2016 by Ballantine Books