What they say: Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.
It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.
Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.
With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?
I bookmarked Teresa Driscoll some time ago now as an author to dive for, and was gutted in the last week that I’d left this book wilting on my Netgalley list (you’ve probably noticed by now one of my new years resolutions is to work my way through this list!).
I most definitely wasn’t disappointed. The book opens on slightly too tough a note for me, a robotic voice on the end of journalist Alice’s line, giving her a terrible warning. The image it conjured up made me wince, and I wondered if this was the book for me at all.
This for me was one of the toughest parts in terms of grisliness (disclaimer: of course that’s always open to interpretation!) and most violence in the book was implied or mentioned and not delved into too much. A trigger warning too is that if someone is going through anything in relation to perhaps having parents in hospital, this might be one to shelve for a while, had I read this two months ago when a friend’s parent had died, I don’t think I’d have been able to take it. Saying that it is beautifully dealt with, and I fell into the author’s writing.
Alice’s sinister warnings increase in threat every Wednesday and soon there’s a race to protect her from what seems to be inevitable. At the same time we have two things going on, the presence of something that makes it much akin to any of the top police procedurals I’ve read, us seeing Matthew Hill, a private investigator and Melanie Sanders from the police force, working together. I LOVED their methods and the work going on and would like to suggest seeing them again!!
The ‘who can you trust’ part was done perfectly, with me conjuring up different suspects regularly, and on edge as each Wednesday approached. I loved the other voice in the book, that of a little boy telling his story, and my heart broke for him, seeing how he became the man he was today. I loved the race to the finish, although, if I’m being pernickity, I think it was wrapped up too quickly. Basically I adored this book and can’t wait to read Ms. Driscoll again! Thanks so much to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.
Rating: Beyond beyond recommended at 5/5!