I wanted to love this book. It started off strong. Lila is married to Aaron who is an emotionally abusive jerk behind closed doors. Out in public he’s the husband all the ladies wish their husbands would be more like. An adored high school teacher and coach that appears perfect in every way. When Lila discovers Aaron’s secret tapes she knows she has to be the one to stop him from hurting others. Yes, Lila killed Aaron and parked his vehicle in the high school parking lot with his body inside. Unfortunately someone else moved the body so it wasn’t found the next day. A popular podcaster picks up on the missing husband and wonders if it’s related to the missing women.
That’s what drew me into this story: a missing presumed dead husband, a podcaster trying to figure if all the missing people are tied together, and a wife who thought she killed her husband but now she’s not so sure. There was a lot of build up in the beginning, but then the story fell flat for me. I felt this book could have been shortened by 100 or more pages. Thankfully it picked up in the end with a good twist thrown in.
This one publishes on 12/29/2020
Book Rating: 3/5
Wine Pairing: Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon
Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems. A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….
With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.