Synopsis: How far would you go to protect your family?
Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.
Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.
Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.
Kat's Rating: 4/5
Kat's Review: Ben is a widower and is raising his two sons alone with the help of his parents. His mum Judi plays a big part in both Ben and her grandsons lives so when a new woman appears on the scene she realises that she may well be not as needed as she first thought. The opening chapter places us firmly at the end of story only the reader is unaware of who is the killer, only that one of the two women involved doesn't walk away. It's a great opening and certainly sets the scene for the book.
Amber comes into Ben's life not by accident and although the reader doesn't know her intentions, it's clear that Ben has fallen for her. She soon integrates herself into their lives which is not a good thing in the eyes of Judi. Things seem to rapidly fall apart on front of Judi's eyes and it seems there is nothing she can do to stop it. There is certainly a great deal of tension in the book and because the reader knows that something is amiss it seems that each event seems even more underhand than the last, but you never know quite what the end game is.
For that reason alone your attention is captured and I certainly read this book in a very short space of time. There is plenty of pace and a lot going on. Towards the end I thought I had it all figured out but it seems I was way off and that pleased me immensely. The only thing that grated on me was the complete lack of support Judi gets from her husband and son. Although the story sets the scene for exactly that, I couldn't help but think that most people who have been married that length of time would have a better sense of support for each other. That small niggle aside this was a fantastic read and I didn't see the end coming. Another great read by K L Slater and I will as always look forward to reading more of her stuff in the future.