Rating ZERO BIG FAT STARS
This is my second Feeney book and after the first one, and while waiting for Daisy Darker, I wanted to read as much of her work as I could because I liked His and Hers (mostly, it was not perfect).
But after this absolute trash book, I will never read another one of her books again. What a fucking dumpster trash clusterfuck fire.
So Ciara is from Galway and her mom dies in child birth and her dad blames her and is horrible to her and her brother and one day they are slaughtering chickens and the brother has to kill one and the dad gets mad about something and something else blah blah and the brother yells at Ciara and threatens to chop her head off too if she doesn't stop talking so she runs away. She's I think six at the time.
A seemingly nice lady in town named Maggie finds her and basically kidnaps her, takes her to Essex, and Ciara is now Aimee, the dead daughter of Maggie and John. They run a betting shop, everyone almost dies a couple times because these guys keep trying to rob them. I am not sure if it is the same guys every time, but probably. Or maybe not. Who even knows. And then they all do die except Ciara/Aimee. Maggie taught Aimee how to shoot a gun just in case, since she'd almost been killed twice in the less-than-a-year she'd been with them. These guys come into the shop and shoot Maggie and John. Maggie whispers their code word to Aimee to tell her to get the gun, and Aimee shoots the guys a bunch of times. Maggie is barely hanging on, tells Aimee to put the gun in John's hand, and then when the cops come, to tell them she was hiding.
This incident is the stupid reason why she previously kept ominously referring to how she had "killed before" BIG FUCKING EYEROLL.
Grown up Aimee has been married for two years to Ben, who is super terrible and abusive and has raped her (mostly implied, described once) and she thinks no one will believe her because he's her husband. She's focusing on her career since he doesn't want to have a baby, they have a big fight and then disappears after she says she wants a divorce.
OBVIOUSLY SHE MURDERED HIM.
She's also had a stalker, which is weird since she is hardly famous.
There's another bitchy actress who needs her eyes clawed out, and a gossip reporter who is also stupid and just adding to the list of things I hate about this book.
So Aimee has stayed Aimee all this time even after her fake parents were murdered in their shop. Turns out her "dad" didn't actually die. At that time anyway. She was in foster care and never went back to her life or tried to find her real family. Don't really blame her, but still, weird.
She eventually has an affair with her co-star in whatever movie she is filming, which was obviously going to happen.
The husband is still missing and the detectives just know Aimee did it based on all this evidence and video footage of Aimee, who has no idea how it all got there.
Until the body they discover under the deck or whatever is the REAL Ben Bailey who died before "he" and Aimee met.
Turns out her husband "Ben" is her FUCKING BROTHER.
He found her, assumed the name of Maggie and disguised himself as a woman to stalk Aimee, and also impersonate her when he was buying the necessary supplies to frame her for "his" murder.
Side note: The real Ben Bailey has lost his newspaper job and killed himself two years earlier. He was buried somewhere else, and HER BROTHER went off and dug him up and re-buried the body under the deck in their backyard.
AND DON'T FORGET!!!!!
SHE WAS UNKNOWINGLY HAVING SEX WITH HER BROTHER AND THEY WERE MARRIED.
HE WAS KNOWINGLY HAVING SEX WITH HIS SISTER, WHOM HE MARRIED.
Fucking what the fuck?!
AND! At the end when Aimee confronts "Maggie", only to discover he is her brother, whom she previously knew as Ben, SHE HAS SEX WITH HIM AGAIN TO BUY HERSELF SOME TIME TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AWAY FROM HIM. After he goes on this random tirade about how she abandoned him or whatever, and he had always protected her from their dad, blah blah whatever.
He also had plastic surgery done to look like the co-star she is having an affair with, but I guess it is not an affair after all since she married her brother and that's not legal.
Whatever, because even more shit is coming.
So when she pretends to agree with him and has sex with him because she says they can have a baby and be a family, she then waits for the perfect chance to CHOP HIS HEAD OFF AND ESCAPE.
And now she's pregnant, and lives with the co-star and I guess is passing it off as his baby?
Good luck with that.
What a fucking trash book.
DO NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL EVEN TO MY WORST ENEMIES.