Victoria can’t recall much of her life before she came to Fairfax Hospital, but she prefers it that way. She holds her beautiful baby daughter, Evelyn, every day and that’s enough…isn’t it? But when Evelyn is taken from her, Victoria’s world begins to fray at the seams. It becomes apparent to her that the hospital walls aren’t the only obstacles standing between her and the outside world—Victoria has constructed a hall of mirrors deep inside, every false image a distraction from the trauma of her past life. A white picket fence, a family on the way…yet something feels amiss in her memories of a happy marriage. When a handsome stranger begins visiting Victoria, pressing her to remember her past, she struggles to separate real memories from refracted images she has created, knowing at last that only the truth can set her free.
Have you read Unravel? No? You should. Read it first. And then you should immediately pick this book up. I rated this book a solid 3.5 for the writing alone. I feel as if I can write a full blown review on Calia’s writing alone. I had a couple of issues but nothing too extreme. Some of the book had some minor plot holes that I couldn’t piece together or figure out where they played a roll. Some characters were just confusing to me and seemed to just be thrown in. But all in all it was a good read.
Victoria has zero memories of her life before she went to Fairfax. She knows that she loves her daughter, Evelyn, who is in the institution with her “Fairfax is no place for a baby” and she knows that people keep telling her that her husband, Wes is dead. The details of how and why are blurred within the shadows of her own sanity. She sees her “dead” husband every day when he visits her almost every night and a mysterious stranger visits her every day that tugs at her heart. Her mind is frayed, but she’s convinced her husband is alive. What she doesn’t know is why every one keeps telling her that he’s dead.
This book is told in alternating scenes of past and present, but what I enjoyed the most is the past. I feel like we really got to see how everything unraveled right along with Victoria. Having it told solely in Victoria’s POV throws me for a loop though, because just how reliable can a person in an institution be trusted?
I don’t want to say too much about the storyline as it will give away most, if not all, of the story. And the best part about Calia’s books are going in blind. I think that this book meant to piece all of the puzzle pieces together for the reader but for me I was just left with more questions and more theories. I didn’t see the twist coming though. And I know that’s what matters most.