A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare. When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side. So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York. They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.
I was so excited to read this one, the blurb sounded brilliant and like a great thriller. The first 20% or so didn’t disappoint. Watching Eden weave her way into Ruth and Adam’s life was fascinating to read. They quickly saw her as a friend and trusted her completely. They never once doubted her intentions. For me, the story became a bit unrealistic after that. When things really got serious with Eden I felt that the story took an odd turn into an almost unbelievable story. With every fact Adam found out I could feel myself becoming frustrated with a story which I had felt had so much promise. The ending was good but I just didn’t feel like l connected with the story at all. The story was told mainly through Adam’s point of view and I definitely would have liked to have seen more of Ruth’s. We saw a bit of hers towards the middle and end but I would have liked more. Some of Eden’s perspective would have been nice too, particularly at the end. With all that said, I would definitely read more from this author. The thriller had great potential, I just didn’t personally like where the story went.