Allie Ross is a photographer with a bright future. She is happily married to Mark and they have a young son. They have recently moved to a suburb of Washington DC and Allie is trying to make an effort to get to know her neighbors. At a party, as her husband is socializing, she meets Rob, one of the local dads who starts to flirt with her. After some alcohol consumption, Rob plays a guessing game and seems to know a bit too much about Allie. When he refers to her by an old nickname associated with a terrible incident from her past, she needs to get away from him. She flees to the bathroom where he sexually assaults her. When Rob is found dead the next day, Allie becomes the prime suspect. A Tinder account, which Allie claims is fake, reveals that she has had ongoing communication with Rob. And a Facebook profile with damaging content also appears. Allie’s life becomes a living hell as everyone turns against her while her husband finds it harder and harder to stand by her.
I Don’t Forgive You is one heck of a debut novel from author Aggie Blum Thompson. It is a tense, suspenseful and heart-pounding read that thriller fans will find very appealing. I was a little frustrated by some questionable police work and several foolish choices by Allie but these issues are minor. I enjoyed this twisty ride and look forward to reading more from the author, who had previously been a newspaper crime reporter.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Tor-Forge / Macmillan for the opportunity to read this page-turner in advance of its release.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: June 8, 2021.
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