Most people have nightmares while they sleep. Carla Murphy awakens to find herself living one. Carla is excited when her best friend asks her to lunch and tells her to bring the baby. Rachel dislikes children and had been distant throughout Carla’s pregnancy. But Carla should have known that people don’t change that quickly. Lunch was a ruse. Carla emerges from a drug-induced slumber sealed in a room in Rachel’s basement with her son gone. Her best friend is no friend. She is obsessed with Carla’s husband and will kill them both if she doesn’t get what she wants. Carla has no choice. She must help Rachel, her confidant since childhood, seduce her husband or they all die, and her baby will be lost to her forever.
This book was very good and I really enjoyed it. When Carla is kidnapped and locked away, she does not know how she got there or where her son is. All she knows is that her “best” friend did this to her and she does not know how to get out of this and find her son.
Her husband, Nick, is a suspect in Carla’s disappearance and he has to make the police believe that Carla was taken by someone. He is struggling with keeping his faith in Carla and their son and finding them.
Rachel has completely lost it. She wants to seduce Nick and she wants Carla to help her. She will do whatever it takes to make Nick her own, she knows he loves her.
Three people’s lives are forever entwined and you have to read the book to find out how this all ends. There was plenty of tension and desperation in all the characters and this book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written psychological thriller.
Lori Duffy Foster is a former crime reporter who writes and lives in the hills of Northern Pennsylvania. She is author of A Dead Man’s Eyes, which is the first in the Lisa Jamison Mysteries Series, an Agatha Award nominee and a finalist for the Shamus Award. Never Broken is book 2 in the series. Look for her debut thriller, Never Let Go, in December of 2022. Her short fiction has appeared in the journal Aethlon, and in the anthologies Short Story America and Childhood Regained. Her nonfiction has appeared in Healthy Living, Running Times, Literary Mama, Crimespree and Mountain Home magazines. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Pennwriters. She also sits on the board of the Knoxville (PA) Public Library.
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