Cara needs some time out to think, and she finds the perfect place in Phoenix Arizona. It's a lovely resort aimed at relaxation, with a spa menu as big as the food menu with all sorts of treatments to choose from. Little does she know that her holiday will make life even more complicated in ways she couldn't imagine.
Melody is a bit of a mystery, and a news sensation in America. Everybody knows who she is, but not where she is now, or what truly happened. She is a murder victim from seven years ago; her body never found. When an old lady at the resort believes she saw Melody, Cara is led on a journey to find out more. As the truth unravels Cara finds herself in danger, and must find the truth about Melody to save herself, and return to her family.
Cara herself seemed quite normal compared to the wonderful array of other women in the book. The TV star who became obsessed with the case seems overpowering and abrupt. The other guests, Tarin and her daughter Zellie seemed quirky yet loyal, and perhaps a bit too willing to get involved. The nervous receptionist who couldn't go to more trouble to help Cara after sending her to the wrong room. Women take the centre stage when getting to the root of the mystery.
Sophie Hannah books are always easy to read, with a fast pace that leaves you turning pages well into the night. The chapters cover Cara's experiences, Melody's thoughts, and transcripts from TV shows covering the original case. These leave you wanting to find out more just as another strand of the story is reintroduced. Revelation after revelation keeps the story moving and the suspects changing until it's clear that nobody can be trusted.
You can read my reviews for other books by Sophie Hannah here: Other books by Sophie Hannah