The Face At The Window by Ruth Speechley @rubyspeechley @BOTBSPublicity

Posted July 31, 2021 by midnightreview in Reviews / 0 Comments

They’re in your house.

They want your life.

And now, they have your baby.

To the world, I’m @HappyWife. Online, people only see my picture-perfect home, my handsome husband, Nick, and my beautiful baby, Thomas.

They don’t see the real Gemma Adams. They don’t see my past, the dark secrets I’m hiding in my marriage. They don’t see the fear I live in every single day.

But I know someone is watching me. And now, they’ve taken Thomas.

I just don’t know why.

But I’m going to stop at nothing to get my baby back.

Even if it destroys everything, I’ve got to find him.

A compelling thriller, packed with suspense – fans of K.L. Slater and Lisa Jewell won’t be able to put it down.

My Review

The opening of this book sets the scene for what is an intense and emotional roller-coaster. Gemma’s newborn baby is taken but why has she been targeted?

Gemma has a very carefully curated online life but, as is so often the case, not is all as it appears. Behind the façade lies a very unhappy woman, who is stuck in an abusive marriage. Her husband Nick is an awful character and as soon as their baby is taken you know how he is going to react. This makes for some very intense scenes so please be aware of this if it may trigger you.

The story is told from two points of view and from two timelines. Our other main character is Scarlett. She is struggling with unknowns from her past and a complicated situation in her present. The timelines work really well, we are discovering how events are playing out after the baby has been taken, interspersed with the days leading up to it. I loved putting the puzzle pieces together.

I would have loved to have seen a bit more from Gemma at the end. The book, to me, was crying out for an epilogue. The focus was very much on Scarlett, which made sense, I just had a stronger connection to Gemma’s character.

As a parent this is one of my worse nightmares, I could feel Gemma’s terror and desperation as clearly as if it was my own. Willing her to find the answers and discover where her baby was. This is a fast paced, chilling thriller which reminds us that nobody’s life is as perfect as they lead you to believe online.

Author Bio

Ruby Speechley is the author of four psychological thrillers published by Hera Books. She loves writing about domestic situations with plenty of twists and secrets.

She was born in Portugal but has lived in the UK since she was three months old. She now lives in Cheshire with her husband and two of her three children and two dogs. She has an older son and grandson.

You can contact her on Twitter: @rubyspeechley

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