Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
To me, this is a case of the blurb giving away too much information because you can pretty much decipher the situation given what’s described above. Jack and Grace get married after a whirlwind romance in which Grace really should’ve heeded the old advice of ‘if something seems too good to be true it usually is’ and asked just a few more questions about Jack. But I could buy the fact that she fell in love and he was so nice to her sister Millie, who had Downs Syndrome. Grace basically lived for her sister and Jack was promising to take care of them both.
Immediately upon getting married, things take a turn for the worse and this is where I started having trouble suspending my disbelief. I don’t want to give much away but I had a hard time believing Grace wouldn’t or couldn’t have made some different choices to help herself or call attention to what was going on. As frustrated as I was with her character’s motivations, the pace, action and structure of past and present narration did help to create a feeling of ‘I need to keep reading to see how this plays out and how Grace does or doesn’t get out of this situation.’ However, for me, there weren’t any ‘wow I didn’t see that coming’ twists that some blurbs have led us to believe. I thought the author’s writing style and use of dialogue was engaging though and made for a fast-paced read.
What I really liked about the book was the character of Millie, who seemed the smartest of them all, and the pacing of action which kept me turning the pages. A major thing that bothered me was I felt I was being explained and “told” a lot of information when showing would have created much more suspense and fear. For example, Jack neatly explained to Grace his history with his parents and then told us what his motivation for his actions was when I for one would have liked to have seen any of that played out in actual action or situations in the book. That would’ve been scary. Overall, I don’t mind suspending disbelief but I felt I had to do that way too much throughout this story. If you like domestic dramas with a thriller feel, this book may appeal to you.