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They seemed like the perfect family. But their secrets are about to come out…

I push open the door to the beautiful French villa and my clever, handsome husband and adorable wide-eyed children follow me inside, taking in the breath-taking view. This should be a blissful summer break, filled with sun, swimming and relaxation but the truth is very different.

Because my husband has just revealed the real reason we’re here.

When our friends staying at the sprawling villa greet us on the sun-soaked terrace, I smile brightly and attempt to calm my nerves. If I can just behave normally, everything will be fine. But if any one of the people sitting around the clear, blue pool discovers the truth my whole world could be shattered.

So I have to pretend we’re the perfect family and I’m the perfect wife – all the while knowing that our lies could destroy us.

If our secrets begin to unravel, how far will my husband and I go to protect them? And will two weeks in the sun end in murder…?

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Escape to the south of France and spend a portion of your summer in a villa! This book settles you into the scene of a vacation that has a lot of secrets under the surface threatening to destroy the sanctuary that the place should be. I felt like the scenery draws you in with its beauty and serenity while the characters help create the tension that rips it apart.

Tim needs to sell his veterinarian practice in order to keep his secret hidden. It could destroy his marriage and life as he knows it. To the outside world, it seems as though he and Louise have a perfect marriage, but it doesn’t take long to see the cracks – for me, even more so through Louise as she was more fake and a bit pretentious than Tim was throughout. The variety of characters are written well and play their role to fulfill all the twists and turns throughout the book.

I felt like the transitions between chapters, scenes, and timelines was smooth, making the book an enjoyable read from start to finish. I think it serves as a reminder to all of us that hiding things – no matter how severe or small – it can upset our lives in unspeakable ways. The ending leaves you in a bit of a lurch – one I saw coming – but left me feeling a bit uneasy. I can’t help but want my books to end wrapped up in a neat little bow.

About Alison James

I’ve been a fan of crime writing and thrillers since I was in my teens, and I still love reading new crime fiction.

I studied criminal law and worked for several years as a paralegal on serious crime cases including rape, murder and fraud. This meant my working day involved liaising with police detectives and watching them solve cases. It was only some years later, after a stint writing for TV drama, that I realised my experience working in crime qualified me to write police procedurals myself.

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