Dennis Danson was a man on Death Row for the murder of a local girl but he always confessed his innocence. When a true-crimes style programme is aired thousands of people are suddenly interested in his story. Among them is a young, female schoolteacher from England.
Samantha found herself intrigued by Dennis’s story and so begins a long distance correspondence with him in jail. As a new series is about to be filmed, Samantha finds herself pulled into his life, travelling to America to visit him and ultimately marrying him. But when evidence is brought to light and Dennis is released, is he all he seems to be. Returning to his home town, Samantha finds that not everything is quite as it should be but how much can she trust Dennis?
I will admit that I was unsure of the plot line to this story, English girl falls in love with an American murderer on Death Row, I guess if you truly believe in someones innocence then you may fall in love with them but even before he is released Samantha seems to have her doubts. The first half of the story is very much about his appeal campaign and them getting together, along with extracts relating to his childhood and the the first film about about him. As the story progresses it gains more of the psychologically thriller aspect…What is Dennis hiding? What is Lindsey up to? What is really going on between Dennis and Lindsey? Is Dennis really as bad as people say? And the biggest question of all is – Why is Samantha still staying in that creepy house in the middle of nowhere with him?
Once I reached the half-way stage the story was much more engrossing and I even had to force myself to put it down to get some sleep. I’m not sure what to say about the ending as I really don’t want to spoil it, all I will say is that I’m still not sure what Samantha is doing. She is as much of an enigma as Dennis is, she knows that Dennis doesn’t love her the way she needs him to but she stays. My main issue with the ending of the epilogue is that it still doesn’t fully tell what happens, it gives the reader ideas but the questions are always there in the background. That is one thing that irritates me at the end of a book, when the author leaves the reader hanging or gives a hint of what ‘may’ happen, like they are not sure how they want it to end themselve. I like to have a clear cut ending and as far as I am aware this is not a series.
This is a well-written story and gets the mind working on who did what, why and how, where the story is going and who will come out unscathed, if alive at all.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychological thrillers. This is the first book by this author and I hope it’s release goes well for her.
This is an ARC review for Netgalley