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  Library Journal Review

Ava and Lisa seem to have a normal mother-daughter relationship, especially when Ava turns 16 and teenage angst rears its ugly head. But then why does Lisa constantly look over her shoulder? Who is it she thinks she sees? And why is Ava so secretive about a new friendship on Facebook that is starting to become obsessive? Who is Daniel and what happened to him? Add in Marilyn, Lisa's best friend and coworker, who seems to have the perfect life, marriage, and husband. Yet something not quite right is bubbling under the surface. As the narrative weaves among these three relatable and fully developed characters, readers are pulled deeper into their connected webs of secrets and lies. -VERDICT Fans of -Pinborough's smash debut, Behind Her Eyes, won't be disappointed with this sophomore effort. A slow start builds into a fast-paced, twisty thriller that is hard to put down. Devotees of B.A. Paris and Ruth Ware will be fascinated as well. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]-Marianne -Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Plot twists take precedence over psychological depth in this uninspired thriller from British author Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes). Single mother Lisa Buckridge, who works for a small recruiting company and lives in fear of someone from her past, devotes herself to her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. In turn, Ava feels smothered by her mother's monitoring of her life and keeps from Lisa both her decision to lose her virginity to a casual boyfriend-and her obsession with a man she's only communicated with online. The dark history that Lisa was covering up ends up exposed after Ava, a gifted swimmer, rescues a toddler who fell into a river at a fair in Elleston, England. In her relief at Ava's safety, Lisa forgets to shield her face from a newspaper photographer, and the published picture leads to a revelation that shatters her connection with Ava. By pulling more than one plot punch, Pinborough weakens the impact of a story line that lacks the originality of her best work, the Thomas Bond novels. Agent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>"Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession."--Harlan Coben</p> <p>Lisa is living a lie and everyone is about to find out.</p> <p>Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job and her best friend Marilyn.</p> <p>But when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him, too. Maybe she's ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it's time to let her terrifying secret past go.</p> <p>But when her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see, Lisa's world explodes.</p> <p>As she finds everything she has built threatened, and not knowing who she can trust, it's up to Lisa to face her past in order to save what she holds dear.</p> <p>But someone has been pulling all their strings. And that someone is determined that both Lisa and Ava must suffer.</p> <p>Because long ago Lisa broke a promise. And some promises aren't meant to be broken.</p>
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