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Mixing this with having been prepped as a witness for a trial, I understand the controversy over eye-witness reliance. The police aren’t making time for Mary and Tim, so they decide to take matters into their own hands and try to solve a crime. Although the characters were irksome, they were representative of what law enforcement deals with on a regular basis…people (witnesses) who think they know more than they really do!

The two of them report what they have seen to the police but nothing much comes of it, so they decide to continue their own investigation. As the pair are drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, the culprit appears to be even closer to home than they thought. Mary has 2 young children who are never quiet and keep her up all night (and an unsupportive jerk of a husband to boot).It will have you questioning your own credibility and leave you pondering the reliability of our two narrators. The children unfortunately share a room in their pokey little two bed flat on the outskirts of London, meaning when one wakes then the other does also. Mary and Tim happen to meet in the park the next night, and confirm they both saw, or thought they saw, the same thing. There's maybe a bit of slow start as the author gets all the players in place, but even wondering how they'd all connect kept me turning the pages and before long I couldn't stop turning the pages. This is an addictive thriller packed with secrets and lies with a twist that will knock you sideways.

I absolutely loved Claire McGowan's writing in I Know You and What You Did, so naturally I was pumped af to grab her latest off NetGalley. Both are up in the night and see something through a window - something that doesn't look quite right. Two people, unable to sleep for very different reasons, believe that they see a missing girl being assaulted in the middle of the night. Mary a mother of two young children and Tim her neighbour think that they see someone being attacked in a flat across the road.

One sleepless night they both witness what appears to be an attack in one of their neighbor's windows. It is a well-written multi-POV and well-paced story that had me questioning who I could trust and what was reliable enough to believe.

One night whilst soothing the cries and demands of her children, she is looking out the window when she sees something. Tim was a little more bearable though carried a ton of shameful guilt about his time in Syria and now suffers PTSD as a result. By her own account, she hasn’t really slept for two years, and she thinks of her husband, Jack, as little more than deadweight at the moment. 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. After all, you've not slept - really slept - for two years so your mind could be playing tricks on you.They see news reports of a missing woman who was last seen in this area and become convinced m the woman hey saw is her. I have liked other books from this author quite a bit more than this, so I look forward to her next one. Together they team up to solve "who the fuck is that lady in the dilapidated house across the street". Mary is a mum of two young children who is totally exhausted with this role but unable to sleep so she escapes to the park.

In the heat of summer in a London suburb, Mary can’t sleep because her new born and toddler won’t let her. I had a hard time putting it down (until the end, when I was ready for it to wrap up), and wanted to know how it ended. Meanwhile hubby Jack snores his way through slumber and oblivion as his exhausted wife sees to the children without an ounce of sleep. And both are convinced it is missing teenager Samantha Ellis, who vanished walking home one night after her shift at the care home where she worked. 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.One night, both Mary and Tim look out to a house across from them, and witness violence through the window. Mary is on maternity leave from her job as an attorney and caring for her two young children with little help from her husband. Two incompatible characters just happen to both see the same suspicious activity in the middle of the night and decide to solve the mystery of what may or may not be a missing girl. 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. From the bestselling author of What You Did comes a chilling story about a missing girl and two potential witnesses.

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