Nameless. Faceless. Deadly?
Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden.
And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe?
But secrets can’t stay hidden forever. And the more Kit tries to hide away, the more someone makes it clear that they are going to make her pay for what she did.
Kit is aware that people look down on her for being a waitress. However, for Kit, it’s a job she’s good at. It means she can stay anonymous and allows her to keep her secrets.
She wins a house but is worried that it will expose what she did. The more she hides, the more someone is going to make her pay. Nothing is what it seems.
Kit is obviously running from something and from page one, I was immediately pulled into her journey and could feel the tension starting to build.
There are things from Kit’s past that she’s hiding. She’s using the house win to hide from her family and ex-boyfriend and all the way through, I was wondering what could be so bad that she’d cut everyone out?
The plot moved at a great pace. I couldn’t figure out how everything fitted together and this added some brilliant suspense. I also loved the fact that the story was based in the Bournemouth and Sandbanks area. Being my home town, I could picture the setting very well.
The book covers themes such as relationships and cohesive control and does this in a sensitive way.
Nina Manning is so good at twisting and turning the narrative that ‘one more page’ quickly turns into ‘oh, I’ve read that in one sitting. When did it suddenly become 4am?’ I couldn’t figure out how it was going to end.
I will admit, there was a few times whilst I was reading where I got really jumpy especially if my house made a noise and I had to tell myself to stop being silly. Haha.
There was one scene that had me in tears and the rest had me on the edge of my seat.
I don’t want to say anything else as I don’t want to spoil it.
The Waitress is a brilliant psychological thriller from one of my favourite writers in the genre.
(Thank you to Boldwood Books, Rachel’s Random Resources and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.)
About Nina Manning:
She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast.
Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.
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