On the outside the Thomas family is what most would think of as perfect. Ben the father is a hard working and successful businessman while his wife Dominique stays at home to care for their two children, their teenager Ruby and their younger daughter fondly nicknamed Mouse. However all is not what it seems with this family and they have more than their share of secrets that they hide not only from outsiders but from one another.
On Christmas Day the police are called to the home of the Thomas family to investigate the possibility of shots having been fired in the home but what they find is a horrific scene that no one could have possibly expected. They will now have to uncover just what led to the gruesome discovery of the entire family lying lifeless having become the victims of an unknown assailant.
Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite is a psychological thriller that has a very dark and twisted feel to it. The reader knows right from the opening pages that something horrible has happened so then the story takes you back a week to begin to learn of the events that led up to that night. It’s told from the differing point of views of the Thomas family who all carry such terrible secrets among them that you are never sure who to trust or who could be the cause of the outcome that we all know is coming for them. There are also glimpses into the police investigating what they had found nestled between the chapters from the past to keep reminding one of the horrible outcome that is just around the corner.
The characters within this story are not ones that are particularly likable as you get to know each of them and what it is that they are hiding and what is going on in this family’s lives. I would say the only one I particularly liked and hoped wouldn’t end up in that house on Christmas was little “Mouse”, she’s the only normal spot and an incredibly cute kid who had gotten her nickname from her ability to hide off in weird places with her books. The rest of the family is a bit of a trainwreck that you can’t take your eyes away from until you know all of the truth and I stayed completely entranced until that moment came. Great gritty and dark psychological thriller that had me hooked from the opening pages and would certainly recommend checking this one out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.