Mother- My book club picked this book and I have to say I loved it. I had never read anything by Coben, but after reading this one, I look forward to reading more of his books. This book was everything I look for in a book. I love a good mystery and read them a lot so I usually know the ending before I get there, not with this one.
It opens at the funeral of Mayas’ husband. The husband was shot and killed in a random holdup in a park, and Maya blames herself because she ran for help instead of trying to save her husband. Maya was a special ops pilot who is home from the war. You find out right at first that she is suffering from PDST but you aren’t sure from what. As the story unfolds you realize that she did something she shouldn’t have and is having nightmares from the experience.
On the day of the funeral Maya’s best friend gives her a nanny cam, Maya doesn’t want to use it because she says she trusts her nanny. The nanny’s mother had been the husbands family nanny. But Maya puts the cam, which is disguised as a picture frame, in the family room. Maya is not good about checking the cam, only remembers every few days. On one of the days she does check she sees her dead husband holding their daughter.
Nothing is as it should be from that time on. You find out that Maya’s sister was murdered and the same gun that murdered the sister murdered the husband. You have a whistle blower who knows what Maya did, and Maya can’t understand why he hasn’t released all of the info on her. The dead husband’s family is very wealthy and the whistle blower also has information on them that could sink the family business.
You aren’t sure who to believe or who Maya should trust. Is the husband still alive? Does his family know something or are they in on everything?
The ending was quite a surprise to me. I have to say I read the book in one day, once I started I didn’t want to stop. I think anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy this book and Harlan Cobens’ writing.