#ATBR2020 – Hurry Home by Roz Nay

Another stunning cover!

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the free early copies in exchange for our honest reviews

HURRY HOME – Roz Nay (Released July 7th, 2020)

You can see our thoughts on Roz Nay’s other release, OUR LITTLE SECRET (here)

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Book Description:

From the bestselling author of Our Little Secret comes a suspenseful new thriller featuring two estranged sisters desperate to keep their deepest and darkest secret where it belongs–in the past.

Blood is thicker than water… And it could cost you everything.

Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when a local child goes missing, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

Chandra’s Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars

When you’re an only child, I think books re the relationships between siblings can become extremely fascinating.  I grew up for several years with my cousin in the same household and so we really regard each other as sisters but it’s still not quite the same.  Nay brings us a story about two sisters, years of estrangement and a twisted reconciliation that will definitely keep those pages turning.

I would put this more into a domestic drama/suspense category.  Even though it reads extremely fast, with short chapters of intrigue, it is still a bit of a slow burn.  What I really loved about this is how the author portrays the roles of Alex and Ruth.  They have had a rough childhood and each have their own POV of how that childhood went.  But which version is right? And as sisters, isn’t that bond still there after all these years?  Nay slowly reveals the direction of the book and those who read a lot of thrillers will likely find bits of this highly predictable…. but that still doesn’t take away from the fun in reading it.

Towards the end, things do jump the shark a little bit but I personally love the insanity of it all.  As an avid thriller reader, there’s not much new here but once again Nay proves what a talented writer she is in really pulling the reader into her story.  Blood may be thicker than water, but it’s a lot harder to choke down. 😉

My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars

I absolutely loved ONE LITTLE SECRET by Roz Nay, so I was definitely looking forward to seeing what she would cook up for us next! HURRY HOME isn’t quite the thriller I was anticipating, and I would agree with a few other reviewers that this fits better in the domestic suspense genre. Slower build but the short chapters still made it fly by!

I’m always curious to see how authors will portray siblings in novels. As someone that grew up with a younger brother, the dynamic between us is definitely different than the one between two sisters. However, the differing POVs and how the stories have slight variations depending on our narrator, feels so true to how siblings are. It will always be a he-said/she-said type of situation but I loved this back and forth the author gave us.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but I will say that things do go a little crazy towards the end. I can see it working for some readers, but not everyone! If you frequent the genre, then parts might feel a tad predictable, but that didn’t ruin the reading experience for me. I will continue to pick up whatever Roz Nay releases!

 

 

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