*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Zoé of Zooloo’s Book Tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Could you tell… Would you?
When four-year-old Mia Edwards goes missing on a play date, everyone suspects Jessica Green knows what happened, especially Mia’s mother, Holly…
But Jess won’t tell anyone.
Psychiatrist, Dr. Oscar de la Nuit, is perceptive and determined to save Jess from the same regret and secrets he lives with.
Oscar thinks he has Jess figured out, but will she lead to Oscar’s redemption, or will she be his downfall?
I just couldn’t stop reading this book!
The story is told in two timelines: ‘Then’ is Jess’s POV in the past, as she meets and gets to know Holly and Mia in the run-up to Mia’s disappearance; ‘Now’ is Oscar’s POV as he attempts to help Jess process what happened, while everyone around on him leans heavily on him to find out where Mia is and what Jess did to her.
The author really had me suspecting EVERYONE of being a psychopath – the children, the parents, the psychologists! This ‘trust no one’ atmosphere really ratcheted up the suspense on the mystery side of the novel, but made it harder for me to buy fully into any relationships Oscar (or Jess) formed during the course of events, as I was continually waiting for the other shoe to drop. Which neatly mirrored how the poor characters were feeling!
There are accusations of both child abuse and domestic abuse in this story, which may be triggering for some readers, but I felt they were handled sensitively rather than sensationalised.
Above anything else, I adore a good psychological investigation, that dives into the motives and behaviours, quirks and ‘tells’ of the characters and this definitely delivered, so I will definitely be reading more Oscar de la Nuit mysteries just as soon as the author writes them!
‘She’s caught Oscar’s attention as soon as he saw her. Jessica Green, fingers laced together under her chin like a locked puzzle. She didn’t fit the typical killer profile. Suburban journalist with a four-year-old and a husband.– M.Q. Webb, How to Spot a Psychopath
Oscar’s anxiety had subsided until it felt like he could breathe again. He was a forensic psychiatrist—reading people was what he did, and Jessica was interesting.’
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