A woman who almost had it all . . .
On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?
A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .
Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.
Until he became her ruin.
On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
5 Mind blowing Stars*****
(ARC Kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
I’ve been a big fan of this author since reading Ten Tiny Breaths. Her talent with words is innate; her ability to grab on to the reader’s attention and emotions is simply spectacular. With this book I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I could tell you that nothing could really have prepared me for what this book was about to deliver. A story so extraordinary and unique that it proved to me once again why this author will always remain as one of my all time favorites.
Maggie grew up in a life of privilege, an heiress to an American Energy Corporation. Her parents always busy with work and their duties in the high society, were never able to provide her with the love and care any child craves from an early age. They did provide her with a sweet and caring babysitter that together with her daughter became Maggie’s real family. Celine and Maggie were instant friends, even though the two girls came from totally different worlds. A very strong bond was born between them and a fierce sisterhood that remained as they both grew up.
Rosa, Maggie’s babysitter, was let go after her parents decided to get a divorce and Maggie had to moved to Chicago with her mother. Rosa and her daughter Celine went to California but stayed in contact, always close to Maggie. Christmases, College, break-ups and everything in between, these two women became Maggie’s support system and family.
As the book starts Maggie is in New York sorting through Celine’s estate, after her shocking and premature death. The police report states that Celine died of a drug overdose and they are ruling it as a suicide. Maggie was aware of her best friend’s occasional struggle with depression but she was such a lovable woman, full of ambitions and big plans for her future, that it’s very hard to believe that she would hurt herself in that way. As Maggie sorts through Celine’s belongings she starts to find little clues that will fuel her doubts about what really happened to her best friend even more.
With the help of a peculiar neighbor, a very expensive PI and the building’s handsome super, Maggie will embark on a mission to try to find the truth about what really happened to her best friend inside her tiny New York apartment.
Nothing else I say can prepare you for what you’ll find inside the pages of this fantastic novel. Let the mystery, the romance and the fun times take you away. I highly recommend reading this book during the weekend because once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. It’s that good and totally addictive.