Author: Sarah Pinborough
Narrator: Sarah Durham
Published: March 30, 2022
Audiobook: 10 hours 9 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: July 27-August 2, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Emma Averell loves her life—her high-powered legal career, her two beautiful children, and her wonderful stay-at-home husband—but it wasn’t always so perfect. When she was just five years old, Emma and her older sister went into foster care because of a horrific incident with their mother. Her sister can remember a time when their mother was loving and “normal,” but Emma can only remember her as one thing—a monster. And that monster emerged right around their mother’s fortieth birthday, the same age Emma is approaching now.
Emma desperately wants to keep her successful life separate from her past, so she has always hidden her childhood trauma. But then she’s unable to sleep, and now losing time during the day, also one of the first symptoms her mother showed. Is the madness in her blood, just as her mother predicted? Could she end up hurting her family in her foggy, frenetic state? Or is she truly beginning to lose her mind?
This is a book with unreliable narrators, and we know how those can be for me. But I went in suspecting that was going to be the case and it was. But I actually enjoyed this one. The big twist wasn’t really a twist for me, it was more of a “Yeah. Ok. I see that!” I felt that there was tension with Emma. Is she becoming a monster like her mother did when she turned 40? 40 is a big enough birthday and I had some issues with it, but to add this to the mix? That alone is enough to make someone go crazy!
The narrator was Sarah Durham who did a good job! I will look for more of her narrations.
I’ve only ever read Behind Her Eyes, which was amazing! I’m definitely adding more of her books to my tbr!