British author Haynes’ debut novel, an edgy tale of obsession, coping mechanisms and inner strength, arrives in the States. It may take a while to get into the rhythm of the book, with its alternating chapters covering two time periods, but the suspense keeps building in this gripping tale. Both psychological thriller and brutal crime story, it will make you think about whom you can trust.

Cathy Bailey goes to work and home again by various routes. She dresses drably, doesn’t socialize, only shops on even-numbered days and checks the locks on the doors six times whenever she goes in or out. When a psychologist moves into the upstairs flat, they gradually become friends and she develops an attraction to the handsome young doctor. He assists her in getting help for her OCD and PTSD. But when Cathy gets a phone call from the police that her tormentor, and former lover, will be released from prison, she is again thrust into a fight for her sanity and her life. (HARPER, Jun., 416 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joyce Morgan