Just Between Us - Adele Parks

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

Lost. Missing. Murdered?
And both her husbands are suspects…
Kylie Gillingham’s disappearance has gripped the nation: the woman with a shocking secret – married to two men at the same time – is missing, presumed dead. And both her husbands are suspects.
DC Clements knows the dark side of human nature and that love can make people do treacherous things; you can’t presume anything when it comes to crimes of the heart. While Kylie’s two husbands remain prime suspects, her sons won’t accept that she is dead. Until a body is found, this scandalous and sad case remains wide open.
Stacie Jones lives a quiet life in a small village, nursed by her father as she recovers from illness, shielded from any disquieting news of the outside world. But their reclusive life is about to be shattered.
How are these families linked, and can any of them ever rebuild their lives in the wake of tragedy?

My Thoughts:

I stumbled upon this book on NetGalley, having enjoyed a previous work by Adele Parks. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware that this book was a sequel, which led to a rather perplexing start. The story begins with everyone already resigned to the disappearance of Kylie, presumed dead—a continuation from the previous book. This context only became clear about halfway through the narrative. Had I known this beforehand, I might have appreciated the book more.
The frustration lies in the absence of clear labelling. Nowhere on Amazon or NetGalley was it indicated that this was a follow-up. The publisher's and author's choice not to make this information explicit felt deceiving, causing unnecessary confusion for readers like me. With the proper context, I would have likely sung praises for the book. Alas, my lack of prior knowledge tinges on my review with disappointment.
Looking past this, the book itself is a decent read. It maintains suspense, and I found the chapters centred around 'Stacie' particularly engaging. The ending tied things up nicely, and it's evident that some mysteries were dependent on the first book for explanation—especially Kylie's double life. Therefore, I do recommend the book, but with a significant caveat: read the preceding book before diving into this one.

Just Between Us
by Adele Parks
Date Started
12th August 2023
Date Finished
17th August 2023
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