When Emily applies for a job as a housekeeper for widower Rupert, it’s a chance to start over – a steady job and regular money means she can work towards her own place, not sharing a grimy flat with old mate, Mags.
As Emily gets to know more about Rupert’s world – how he likes his supper when he comes in from work, who his friends are – she can make sure everything runs like clockwork for him.
Soon there’s a spark between them; Rupert likes Emily and invites her to stay. For good.
To the outside world, they really seem to be a perfect match. There’s just the small issue of what really happened to Rupert’s first wife…
I’m not entirely sure which character I like the least as pretty much everyone in this book is a toxic nightmare. Which is half the fun.
Wealth and privilege give a veneer of respectability to some pretty nasty things that people living in nice houses get upto.
Emily drops her only real friend for Rupert’s spoiled and narcissistic friends as soon as she can, spending her husband’s money all over town, shopping as a lifestyle.
Rupert isn’t as nice as he appears, constantly gaslighting her and comparing his previous wife to her.
His friends are all pretty awful. Grasping and vacuous and cruel.
But of course it’s the drip, drip of poison that Emily starts to feel, the sensation of being watched, the strange things that keep happening, her growing fear about what happened to her new husband’s first wife…it all builds to a serious of twists and the life they’ve built comes tumbling down.
Chilling and a bit creepy, these awful people deserve one another.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.