I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on L.A. Detwiler’s new thriller, The One Who Got Away today on my blog.
“Get out while you can. You’ll die here…”
Adeline Evans has recently moved into a home for the elderly. A safe space, where she can be cared for.
When she begins to receive cryptic and threatening notes, she is certain that someone is out to get her.
But the residents are warned against listening to a woman who is losing her memory. It would seem Adeline is tormented by the secrets in her past, and that the menace is all in her mind.
Until danger comes down the corridor and starts knocking in the night…
The One Who Got Away is a book that could have quite easily passed me by, but I am so glad I read it. When I did start reading, I did wonder how a psychological thriller was going to work set in a care home for the elderly, but once I got into the book, I just couldn’t stop reading. It did remind me of when I used to visit my great-grandmother in a care home, but unlike the care home in this book, she really enjoyed living there and never wanted to leave. The author, L.A. Detwiler, paints a vivid portrayal of how vulnerable those suffering with dementia are. It is quite a tough read at times, but I found it utterly compelling, and I liked how L.A. Detwiler tied everything up with a series of murders that happened in the 50s which have remained unsolved.
This is a novel with a real difference. We meet Adeline who is close to the end of her life and her daughter, Claire, has taken the difficult decision of moving her into a care home, believing that her mother will be safe there. Adeline is beginning to suffer from dementia, and she knows from the moment she steps over the threshold into the home that this will be her final destination. But things are not all they seem at the home, and soon ghosts from her past start to haunt her as she recalls the terrible choice she made decades earlier, which has had an impact on her for the rest of her life.
L.A. Detwiler did a brilliant job at creating a claustrophobic setting. There were some really horrible characters working in the home which do make it quite uncomfortable to read at time. There have been some cases in the news recently where elderly residents have been abused in care homes, and it is a sickening idea to think about. It makes you think that these types of people have no right to be in the position that they are.
As we begin to learn more about Adeline’s past, we begin to realise that she is harbouring a devastating secret, and I wanted to find out what happened in her past. At the time when she was growing up, a terrifying serial killer was targeting women in her hometown, and the killer was never caught. I was desperate to know who the killer was, and I kept thinking about two potential suspects. As the author revealed more about what happened during that time, I did manage to guess who the killer was, so the final reveals didn’t come as a complete surprise to me, but I really liked how the book ended and how different it was. I really didn’t expect it to end this way and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about it for a long time.
If you’re looking for a book that stands out in the psychological thriller market, this is definitely one that you need to read. L.A. Detwiler’s highly intriguing plot drew me in from the first page. I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication date: 19th February 2020
Print length: 313 pages
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