About The Book
Lizzie Burdett was eighteen when she vanished. Noah Carruso has never forgotten her: she was his first crush; his unrequited love. She was also his brother’s girlfriend.
Tom Carruso hasn’t been home in over a decade. He left soon after Lizzie disappeared, under a darkening cloud of suspicion. Now he’s coming home for the inquest into Lizzie’s death, intent on telling his side of the story for the first time.
As the inquest looms, Noah meets Alice Pryce while on holiday in Thailand. They fall in love fast and hard, but Noah can’t bear to tell Alice his deepest fears. And Alice is equally stricken, for she carries a terrible secret of her own.
He’s guarding a dark secret, but so is she.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. It is a while since I read a book that I would describe as ‘romantic suspense’ and I found it quite refreshing. Noah and Alice probably expected their holiday romance to fizzle out when Noah had to return to Sydney but with Alice being forced to return home shortly after and both needing each other for moral support their relationship grew stronger.
Both had suffered life changing events when they were younger and when what happened was revealed I enjoyed the novel a lot more. Especially with Noah, I had no idea what had happened to Lizzie and was completely wrong in my suspicions. I also liked the description of his relationship with his older brother Tom and the way he put up with his parent’s demands with the way he lived his life. Especially when it concerned the family business. He obviously had a lot of patience.
Alice’s story was less of a surprise but I loved her spirit and strength. She managed to be a support to her father, Noah and was able to put what happened to her behind her. Like many she was a stronger person than she imagined herself to be.
Reading the last third of this book I didn’t want to put it down, I had a lot of sympathy for Noah, having to stand up in court, stand up to his bullying brother and be honest with his parents. A perfect novel to read during lockdown.