Both of You: The stunning psychological domestic crime thriller from the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author of Just Between Us
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The author’s childhood home was a matriarchy that presented her many opportunities to interact with much older women, not to mention listening in on their stories as they raised up, supported and tore one another down for various reasons.
All across the USA, people are showing up dead. The deaths don't appear to be connected in any way until one particular death occurs and gets the Secretary of Defense's attention. He arranges for a task force to investigate. During her career Adele has lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now she lives happily in Surrey, UK with her husband, son and cat. But I will say again the use of words, her ability to weave them together and talk to you and entice you with her writing prowess make all the minuses of this book acceptable and it it still for me
The beginning was kind of a slow build up, but at 37% there was a "wow" twist. Then it kind of went around in circles for a long time, finally ending in a very ambiguous open ended way that wasn't entirely believable, yet was predictable at the same time. Why did these women walk away from their families? And why did their husbands delay reporting their disappearances?
Neil and Nat are a beautifully matched couple. Among other things, they hate marmite and opera, they love smelly cheese and the missionary position and they both absolutely do not want children. Then, suddenly, Neil is practically begging her for a baby, causing Nat to wonder if he really is the man she should be with. Is it possible that someone from her past could actually be “the one”? Both women disappear around the same time. Could the disappearance of these two women, who are so different, be related? Like all Adele Parks books this was incredibly well written and intricately thought out. Questions were answered before my brain even contemplated them and the characters and locations were vividly portrayed. I had a few suspicions about the conclusion but it still left me unable to put this dramatic thriller down.
It's 1914 if he goes away, he will become a killer or be killed. If he stays, he will be imprisoned, perhaps shot. If she follows her heart, she will be disgraced, ostracised. If she follows convention, she will be ignored, isolated. A generation faces unbearable choices.
But how could they be connected? Both women live in totally different areas. As the police begin to investigate, they start to think perhaps someone may have wanted to hurt the women. Why? Yes, as the saying goes if a wife goes missing, the husband is always the prime suspect, but in this case, they are the ones who called saying they were missing.Just as Police Detective Clements is called in to search for Leigh, although she believes Leigh either decided she needed a break from her family or wanted to upset her husband, the other call comes in about another missing woman, and that is Kai Janssen. Even though the women are so unalike, Detective Clements can’t seem to stop thinking the two cases are somehow connected. Same week, different world ... Kai Janssen leaves her sexy, wealthy husband and their luxurious penthouse, and vanishes into thin air. Two women from very different worlds go missing in the same week. Happily married step mum, Leigh Fletcher vanishes on a Monday morning, and then Kai Janssen, married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan disappears. DC Clements investigates.