Drenched in blood and sitting in the sweltering interview room of a Thai police station, Kayla Finch knows that Sam, the love of her life, is dead. It doesn’t matter that there’s no body.
All that blood can mean only one thing.
It isn’t the first time Kayla’s had blood on her hands. After finding her brother dead by his own hand, she tried to outrun her grief by escaping to Thailand. But everyone Kayla loves seems to wind up dead.
Three months. Two tragedies. One connection: Kayla herself.
I’m a big fan of psychological suspense and this debut novel by 20-something Laura Salters didn’t disappoint – the twists are pretty twisted – but it’s the characters’ voices that truly impressed me. Kayla’s wry confused inner thoughts never dip into a pity party, even though she’s quite lost in life, love, and what exactly happened to both her brother and the guy she loves.
The action takes place in Thailand and back in the UK with the timeline shifting back and forth – I really enjoyed this way of divulging the story – although the ending did stretch credibility somewhat, I still cheered the goodies on versus the baddies (and the baddie really is a bit of a monster). It reminded me of Alex Garland’s The Beach whilst feeling very contemporary. Books with this age protagonist (early 20s) are being called “New Adult” – where the main characters are in that messy early-20s time of finding serious love yet also being lost as to what to do with their lives. Most New Adult fiction is romance, so it was refreshing to see a New Adult thriller.
What let me down was that Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morris/HarperCollins, didn’t give this author their proper attention in terms of proofreading! There were quite a few typos in this book and I’ll have to try another Witness Impulse book to see if that was a one-off, but it did *shock* me coming from a traditional publisher.