CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 | Book Review


CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45  offers everything you could ever want in a top-notch suspenseful domestic read.  It tells a story about a couple’s problems with infidelity.  It is another  suburbia family with the perfect Instagram lifestyle.  Everything is not as as it seems in the squares posted each day, however.

We have a wife struggling with a cheating husband, and the perfect nanny who does not miss a beat and mom feels guilty about her lack of full-time parenting.  Instagram does not share a husband who is practically useless. In real life, some men create damage women starting from childhood.  Sometimes, it is a cycle being passed from one generation to the next.

In Confessions, you will read how Selena childhood impacts her adult life. You will read along as she naturally progresses from denial to self-awareness.   The story digs deeper into the mysterious disappearance of the nanny, Geneva.  It is a first-rate plot with perfect twists.  And what I like the most, its not told from an “unreliable narrative”.   There are multiple POVs including her 7-year-old son and mother.  With so many, I had to take notes and create a family tree as I was reading.  As a reader, it helps me tremendously to follow the plot.

The characters were not terribly shocking.  It was more of being awestruck  in how they are interconnected.   Reading suspense thrillers and domestic thrillers is new to me.  So, each time I read a new one I am always excited to read how the story unfolds to the last page.  I am also happy when they are not cookie cutter to books made into movies.

This is my first Unger book, and it was amazing!!!  It wasn’t  diluted with a lot of  descriptive and embellished words. Sometimes I cringed when a story is told as a narrative without a healthy dose of dialogue.  I call it “page filler” and I do not like it.   This is not that type of book.  Each conversation left you on edge.  Even her son’s POV made you straighten and take notice – and he is 7 years old.

I was happy to read another thriller about a “missing person” and not suspect each character.  Instead, as a reader you try to piece together all the intricate details unfolding and how it relates to the nanny’s disappearance.   The non-linear storytelling sparkles.    All in all, the ending was packed with tension and made for an incredibly satisfying conclusion. If you are one of the few who have not read it, do not wait. It is fantastic!!!!

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.


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