It just wouldn’t be right if I wasn’t playing catch up at the end of the month!
Thanks to Scout Press for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
GREENWICH PARK – Katherine Faulkner (Released January 25th, 2022)
A twisty, whip-smart debut thriller, as electrifying as the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, about impending motherhood, unreliable friendship, and the high price of keeping secrets.
Helen’s idyllic life—handsome architect husband, gorgeous Victorian house, and cherished baby on the way (after years of trying)—begins to change the day she attends her first prenatal class and meets Rachel, an unpredictable single mother-to-be. Rachel doesn’t seem very maternal: she smokes, drinks, and professes little interest in parenthood. Still, Helen is drawn to her. Maybe Rachel just needs a friend. And to be honest, Helen’s a bit lonely herself. At least Rachel is fun to be with. She makes Helen laugh, invites her confidences, and distracts her from her fears.
But her increasingly erratic behavior is unsettling. And Helen’s not the only one who’s noticed. Her friends and family begin to suspect that her strange new friend may be linked to their shared history in unexpected ways. When Rachel threatens to expose a past crime that could destroy all of their lives, it becomes clear that there are more than a few secrets laying beneath the broad-leaved trees and warm lamplight of Greenwich Park.
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
This was a really solid debut but I so wish publishers would stop comparing books to ones like The Girl on the Train (or similar books). This creates one of those expectations that are really hard to live up to, in my opinion. That being said, there was a good amount of suspense but the pacing is on the slower end of the spectrum. Everything gets tied up nicely at the end and most of my questions were answered and there was some good character development. Overall, I’m impressed and will keep an eye out for more from Faulkner!