This is an enthralling and addicting novel full of characters who readers will recognize from their own lives and situations that make it more of a cautionary tale than simple entertainment ... Longtime fans of French will find their high expectations rewarded, while newcomers will be motivated to explore the author’s backlist. I envy their discovery.
Having ended the saga of forensic psychologist Frieda Klein on a suitably harrowing note...French produces a stand-alone that’s just as suspenseful, especially because there’s no franchise heroine whose survival is assured ... Long before the end, the sorely tried heroine realizes, 'I can’t trust anyone.' Neither can the expertly manipulated reader.
...[a] tense standalone ... French makes Neve a fully rounded character through her relationships with friends and colleagues, though Neve’s family dynamics stoop to the melodramatic. Fans of domestic thrillers will be rewarded.