Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. She sees her personal trainer, she gets weekly massages, and occasionally she visits her mother and sister on the Upper East Side, but after two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is haunted by the fear that she’ll never have a family of her own. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine’s parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone…” Is William lying about his past? And if so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth?
I give this book 3 stars because it was a good story and well written. However, the characters, especially Catherine, were so annoying! It reminded me a little of the 50 shades characters- I read that book and the entire time telling myself “I wanna smack the characters upside the head” because they’re either idiots or they think that they’re so superior to everyone around them.
It wasn’t really a fast read either. What I thought would take me around 6-7 hours to finish took me 2 days because I’d get bored and didn’t mind putting the book down and getting back to it in no hurry. The twist in the book was a pretty juicy one, I must say- worth finishing for sure. I may just be really bored with this type of genre also, I think the next book I choose will have to be a chick-lit or even romance.