By: Sandra SG Wong
Thank you to HarperCollins for the ARC of this book!
Cleo Li wakes up on side of a road, not knowing what happened to her, how she got there, or who she is. Her amnesia means she fails to remember where she lives, who her relatives are, or anything else about herself. She is confused and feels alone. When she enters a lodge one day, trying to figure out what happened to her, she meets an employee there who knows who she is; but that employee has some terrible news. Her parents are missing. With the help of her brother, and the police, they are determined to find out what happened to Cleo and what happened to her parents. She soon learns her mother won a $47 million lottery, but had yet to claim the money. As Cleo’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers the details of her relationship with her mother. Cleo soon finds herself under suspicion of her parents’ disappearance, but was she the cause?
This is a fantastic debut novel! It starts out with a bang, and the suspense as to the whodunit is kept throughout. I, of course, had my own suspicions, but I was very, very wrong! That is exactly what I want in a thriller novel. Wong did a great job of scattering cultural references and discriminations within the novel; as I admit, not very many thriller novels involve Asian characters. It was a nice change, and a much needed one. I also enjoyed that this took place in Canada, as most books I read take place in Europe. Wong has entered the scene with a fresh, new voice that is missing and much needed. The ONLY reason I didn’t give this book a 5 star rating, is that I wish the end was cleaned up a little better – it was left slightly open ended and I wanted a little more resolution.
This book is available on June 21, 2022. This is a must read, so please pre-order/order your copies here.