Rating: 3.25/5 stars
Emily manages her bipolar disorder well enough to work as a moderately successful child psychologist, and is building a serious relationship with her boyfriend Paolo.
When he wants to take her on an overnight sailing trip, Emily knows her medication, generous amounts of wine, and her attraction to Paolo will help her deal with her aversion to the water and forget the fact that she can’t swim.
But after a romantic night, Emily wakes up on the sailboat, completely alone, drifting through the waves.
Her world is turned upside down as she becomes a person of interest while grieving Paolo, never getting answers or closure to what happened to him. He was a strong swimmer, and she cannot believe he simply drowned. With her personal and professional life in shambles, Emily attempts to find out the truth and clear her name, discovering a deeper and more dangerous plot than she ever suspected. Fueled by her own mania, Emily questions her own judgment every step of the way.
First of all can we all just enjoy that lovely cover! It’s just beautiful!
I really liked this novel and although there was a mystery aspect involved, it felt a little more like a drama to me.
Paola and Emily go on a vacation and one day Emily wakes up on the boat and finds Paolo gone. Since Paola knows how to swim, he couldn’t have drowned but Emily cannot seem to find any other explanation. Where did he go? But when evidence surfaces, Emily thinks he could have been murder. But by whom? And why?
This was an intriguing synopsis which is what made me want to read it. Emily and Cal (Paolo’s best friend) work together to try and uncover what really happened to Paolo and if he really was murdered. I did think that it was interesting since Jacobs was a psychologist and he created Emily’s character as one as well. One thing I would’ve liked to see a little more of was Emily in action. I wuold have loved to see Emily with a patient and just how she would work as a psychologist, but sadly we didn’t get to see that.
We got to see Emily struggle with Paolo’s disappearance and see how far she would go to uncover what really happened to him. I think the novel wrapped up very well, and the twist was solid enough to make the whole novel come together.
Many thanks to HarperCollins for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.