Ms. Jackson crafts a finely paced, shrewdly observed, multi-tiered story which moves with ease between past and present. Older events that prompt current actions are uncovered; pressing issues of class, race and sexual abuse are viscerally dramatized ... a thinking (and feeling) reader’s thriller, a literary beach read.
Mother-daughter relationships take center stage in Jackson’s latest novel, which digs into how far each will go for the other ... Suspense readers will enjoy plot twists and motivations that hit close to home (despite a somewhat predictable ending), but the novel’s depth lies in exploring the role of a mother to protect and teach her children. Are we destined to remain our mother’s child, surrounded by her protection, no more responsible to others than she taught us?
A woman is compelled to commit murder in order to save her kidnapped baby ... Despite the rather melodramatic, hard-to-believe premise, the tension is skillfully built. A thriller with a sharp #MeToo edge that examines how 'one wild night' can have terrible consequences.