There are a lot of good suspense thrillers on the market, so it’s always nice to discover one that stands out from the rest. Sophia receives an odd phone call from Nina, her mother. When she visits her parents, she finds her hanging from a tree in an apparent suicide; and her father seriously wounded and near death. She’s convinced her mother wouldn’t kill herself, but there are no obvious answers. Sophia delves into her seemingly very ordinary parents’ histories in attempt to understand what happened. She comes across some notebooks, written by her mother when she was much younger and slowly begins to comprehend the complex web of control and manipulation she was part of. The plot is excellent; the characters are convincing and the double narrative, with half being told in Nina’s voice result in a clever build of suspense. Excellent.