Author: Phoebe Morgan
“You never know who’s watching…
Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.
But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…
How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?”
According to NetGalley, I downloaded the eARC of this book at the end of August. A lot of stuff was happening in my real life and I ended forgetting about it. I was in between library trips and needed a book for this week’s review so I finally gave this a read.
I did not like Corinne. She was way too much. Too dramatic, neurotic, and, weepy. Most of all, too useless. She was not a provocative character. She got freaked out a lot and cried and then called her boyfriend. Even before the weird creepy shit started to happen, she was quick to fly off her rocker with no provocation. I much preferred to read about Ashley’s life. It was far more layered, complex and, frankly, realistic. The trouble with her kids, her husband, her money, along with the weird creepy shit? Nice. I got really annoyed reading through Corinne’s POV after a while.
I couldn’t believe Erin, the person behind all the creepy stuff, had an evil villain monologue. You know in kid’s cartoons where the bad guy almost has the hero but spends, like, 10 minutes giving away his plan? She did that and it was a little cliche for me. Her motivation was logical in a kind of a completely psychotic way. But how did Corinne and Dominic not notice Erin moving into the same building as them?
The ending was so underwhelming. It was more of Corinne being useless. I would have loved an ending where she jumped over the desk and beat June to death, pregnant belly and all. She had the balls to push Erin in front of a train, why not this? It would’ve been totally in character too! Corinne’s so neurotic that that fear could have easily turned into homicidal rage. But whatever, that’s how the book ended.
I wouldn’t recommend this book. A bulk of it was too annoying to read and the ending was boring and unfulfilling.