The End of Her – Shari Lapena
Published by Bantam Press
Available in Ebook, Hardback, Audio (23 July 2020)
Source: Copy received for review via Netgalley
ABOUT THE BOOK
It starts with a shocking accusation . . .
Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she knows for certain – she has everything she ever wanted.
Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a horrifying allegation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident – but she says it was murder.
He insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?
How will it end?
Patrick and Stephanie are just another happily married couple. Parents to new born twins, they are both sleep deprived, especially Stephanie who is really struggling but that won’t last forever. Patrick’s partnership at his architectural business is doing ok and life is good.
Step up Erica Voss. Best friend to Patrick’s late wife Lindsey. Erica accuses Patrick of murdering Lindsey and wants money to keep quiet. He insists it was investigated at the time and was found to be an accident. Erica however won’t be put off so easily and is determined to get her money somehow.
Erica is a bit of a she-devil. We discover that Patrick is not the only person she is blackmailing and the story connects with other people also caught in her web. Heaven help you once Erica has you in her sights!
This was a quick read that I flew through. Erica was such an awful person, clearly out to make as much money as she could that she couldn’t possibly be telling the truth. Could she? This is the thing with this story, you think you know and then those doubts start creeping in. Who is lying and can you believe everything you are being told!
The character that I felt the most sympathy for was Stephanie. Caught up in the whole shebang, not knowing who she could trust. I couldn’t decide for sure either.
The End of Her is a fast paced and suspenseful domestic thriller that will have you wondering which way is up! Full of twists and surprises, even if some may seem a little unbelievable, it ended in a way that I wasn’t expecting. Very enjoyable and entertaining.
My thanks to Thomas Hill of Transworld for the place on the tour and for providing a copy for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. Her debut thriller, The Couple Next Door, was a global bestseller, the bestselling fiction title in the UK in 2017 and has been optioned for television. Her thrillers A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, and Someone We Know were all Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers. Her fifth thriller, The End of Her, is coming soon.