She thought she was free of the past. She was wrong.
Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree. Now, Isla vows to live her life to the fullest and from the outside it appears perfect.
Determined to finish her book Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life begins to derail.
Suddenly Isla is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her, and the threat that he could be back causes her to question everything, and everyone around her.
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher, HQ Digital, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
First off, the cover is really lovely. Second, a story about a survivor of a serial killer is something I find hard to pass up. Isla survived an attack of a serial killer, Carl Jeffery, when she was travelling in Australia. Six years later, Isla is living her life as a travel photographer and finally find the strength to move on from her unpleasant past with the support of her family and boyfriend, Jack. But her life was once again rocked by Carl Jeffery. She was notified that there’ll be an appeal on Carl’s case and there’s a possibility of him getting out of prison. Panic and paranoia comes creeping back in. She felt like Carl is out there to finish his job. Isla’s escape aside from her travels, is the online world. Where people might think everything is okay with her life. She even decided to write a travel blog that turned into a private personal blog later on where she shared not only about her travels but also about her secrets. But despite that, Isla can’t shake the feeling that there is something wrong going on. She is certain someone is watching her every move and her life might be in danger. Could it really be Carl Jeffery?
Despite the interesting premise, it didn’t catch my attention at first as I expected and almost abandoned it few times. It doesn’t help that Isla is a conflicted character that made it hard to like her and sympathizes with her completely, even after the truth comes out. The story dragged on for so long that when the twist was revealed, I’ve already figured it out. I was left wanting for a bit more details on the ending, too. Nevertheless, I’d still say it is a clever twist which made up for the slow start and taking a different turn that’s bound to surprise its readers. It is also a well-constructed debut novel which might be the reason that I managed to stick to it until the end. A decent psychological thriller overall.