On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.
Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?
The first half, maybe even three-quarters, of this book was spellbinding to me. If avid readers of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense are being totally honest, we’ve all wondered if our knowledge of crimes would help us get away with murder. It was so fascinating and darkly entertaining watching Nat plot the demise of some one who deserved what was coming for them. It was equally as entertaining watching Will flounder in the aftermath.
Then came the ending – what promised to be so calculated and meticulous really just fell short from what I was hoping for. The best way I can describe my thoughts (without spoiling the story) is… I really wish this was written by Gillian Flynn. With such a fantastic suspense story, I was hoping that it would’ve been darker, twistier. The epilogue touched on the tone that I was hoping for, but I felt so many areas were left unexplored.
Overall, I found this to be entertaining but felt kind of underwhelmed with this one. What started off extremely captivating to me (I mean, who doesn’t talk about how to get away with murder – in extreme detail – on a first date?), it really just fell flat.
Thank you so much to MIRA and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy. All thoughts are my own.