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As someone who's struggled with sleep, I felt the first few chapters of this book did a great job of summing up how it sometimes feels. Mixing this with having been prepped as a witness for a trial, I understand the controversy over eye-witness reliance. It was a cat and mouse driven piece as 2 women are both witness to a crime but are unsure if they can trust themselves. It is possible that my perspective may be unpopular, but I am convinced that honesty should always be the guiding principle. I also really felt for her losing her identity through being a mum to two young children and needing something to get her teeth into.

And when they see news reports of a missing woman who was last seen walking alone not far from them, the pair are convinced it’s her they saw being attacked―no matter what the police say. I think Mary could be the lead in more books and I’d love to see how the author would continue to evolve her.And, the decisions she would make while her children were in tow would not win her any “mother of the year” awards. In the heat of summer in a London suburb, Mary can’t sleep because her new born and toddler won’t let her.

Together they team up to solve "who the fuck is that lady in the dilapidated house across the street". The first half was more about Mary's chaotic life while the second half really picked up the pace and got down to the nitty gritty. McGowan does a good job ramping up the suspense as the good intentions of two people unable to sleep turn into a quest for justice. The storyline kept you guessing for the most part of the book, and the big twist was not what I expected at all.Mary and Tim soon realise this this is a very complex case and the culprit could be more close to home than they thought.

They end up being partners who are trying to find out what they saw one night in an abandoned home in their neighborhood.

One night whilst soothing the cries and demands of her children, she is looking out the window when she sees something. A sleep-deprived mother of two Mary and an insomniac former journalist Tim, see some violent actions in a house across the street and go there at 4 a.

After the past two unprecedented heat-wave summers here in the Pacific Northwest, I understand Mary’s predicament. Easy to read, if you aren’t really that into this genre and don’t read a lot then you may enjoy it a bit more than I did.

Understandably she is very tired with two small children but I felt she should have been portrayed as much smarter than this book gave her credit for.

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