Following a home invasion, a woman begins to wonder if her perfect life is a lie.
Beth Jacobsen wakes up in the middle of the night to a home break-in and is held at knife point.
Her faithful dog is injured when trying to fend off her attackers. Not so heroic is her husband, Marty, who seems to freeze and resign to whatever fate awaits her.
Although they fight off the intruders, things are just about to get a whole lot worse.
Marty makes a revelation that means they can’t go to the police. Rather they’ll head, with a new set of troubles, to secluded White Mist Lake Retreat.
Yet instead of finding tranquillity and a chance to heal there, Beth will be forced to confront a sickening truth and the danger following in its wake.
Point of view:
3rd person. Entirely from Beth’s perspective.
DNF @ 64%. Unfortunately this just isn’t working for me. While I was drawn in at first, increasingly Beth’s decisions and logic leaps made less and less sense. I struggled to sympathize with Beth as a person as well. She’s not a likable protagonist.
Some of this is likely me not clicking with the author’s writing style. There’s a lot of flashbacks – which seldom works for me – and thinking back to random events to fill in/explain Beth’s decisions. This disrupted the pacing for me and I found myself putting it down and having to remind myself to go back to it.
Filing this under “it’s probably not you, likely it’s me”.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
This opens with a home invasion, violent attack, and attempted rape. A dog is severely injured but still alive at the point at which I gave up. Domestic violence.