Single by K.L. Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
‘I keep feeling like I’m being watched – dropping the boys off at school, choosing wine at the supermarket – but when I turn around there’s nobody there…’
When single mother Darcy’s son falls from a rope bridge at a local playground, life stands still. She clutches his small, limp body, frozen, until a pair of strong hands push her aside, and she watches as George, a local doctor, saves her son’s life.
George is a single parent too, and with his twinkling hazel eyes, easy charm, and lack of wedding band is almost too good to be true, but coffee becomes lunch, lunch becomes dinner, and soon they can’t go an evening without seeing each other. When he invites her to move into his beautiful home with its sprawling garden for her boys, Darcy doesn’t hesitate.
But as Darcy is settling in, she receives a bunch of flowers with a chilling message. George says they’re from an obsessed ex-girlfriend, Opal, and days later Opal turns up at Darcy’s son’s football match. She claims to have shocking information that could threaten George’s custody of his daughter.
Darcy doesn’t know who to trust, but she’s starting to suspect that, whatever the truth, she might have put her beloved boys into terrible danger…
The day of the hearing, it was mid-July, scorching hot and I’d dressed in jeans and a thick cable-knit sweater with a roll neck.
Single by K.L. Slater is one of those books that I read in one sitting, shaking my head at the absolute terribleness of people, yet loving every minute of this high suspense thriller! This book has more ups and downs than a roller coaster and more twists and turns than a complicated maze! I had no idea who to trust and what ulterior motives each character was hiding until the end.
Darcy, the main character, is passive and gullible - easy to take advantage of; she has suffered a break-down from a past shock and betrayal and this drives her character. It is also the basis for the initial plot but it goes so much deeper and so much darker. After the death of her husband, Joel, she loses her children temporarily to Joel’s family. When she regains custody, she meets charming and dare I say, perfect, George. Told in multiple points of view, there are a few chapters when the reader is left to wonder who is narrating but it completely works for the story and felt a vital part in keeping the suspenseful atmosphere. Darcy is extremely likable but I also wanted to kick her for being so docile and meek at times but she is the right character for this tale. The secondary characters are well written and integrated into the story effortlessly, each with a purpose to the story, I love this! No extraneous characters for filler!
This is such a suspenseful thriller that I would recommend to any fan of the genre. I’ll be reading K.L. Slater’s past work and her future work and look forward to it!
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing Single by K.L. Slater for me to read and review!
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