Such Dark Things
By Courtney Evan Tate
An engaging start, with a plot that starts well, and fades towards the end.
Dr Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She's a successful ER physician in Chicago who's married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving – and what no one can see is Corinne's dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.
She only remembers being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn't been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren't there, hears words that haven't been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what's real and what's not.
So when she senses her husband's growing distance, she thinks she's imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can't accept – that her life really isn't what it seems.
Good summer reading, but in the end, a book that will be read, and forgotten a week later.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing a review copy in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
Heath writes reviews regularly for newspapers and magazines.