Daphne Amos has been searching for someone, a someone who understands her, a someone who cares about her, a someone who loves her and she thinks that she has found that very someone in Heath. They both have secrets, things that do not reveal to one another, things that might just keep them apart. But then there is a week away at a retreat working with a famous doctor, Dr Cerney, who just might help Health for poor Heath has terrible nightmares, ones that seem to shatter him and take their toll on Daphne as well. What is it about breaking a mirror that seems to be such a part of these nightmares?
The retreat is isolated and the rules are strange, no interaction with the other couples , meals served in one’s rooms and cameras watching one’s every move. Cell phones are taken and there is no internet so that guests are cut off from the outside world. Daphne is unsettled, unsure, and perhaps a bit frightened of this but she loves Heath and will do what is necessary to help him. Daphne has to “remind herself to breathe-almost having to remind my heart to beat” (Wuthering Heights). She is caught in something she does not understand, traveling a pathway that seems quite off kilter, and wondering if she will ever find out about the past and in that find out about her Heath.
This was a wonderful psychological thriller with allusions to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, which is my favorite Victorian novel. For to Daphne, “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” …or are they?
Will their love survive the secrets that each holds within? Will their revelations be the end of their love or will they be forever together come what may? Will they like Cathy and Heathcliff find the path to love fraught with many thorns perhaps even death?
Thank you to Emily Carpenter, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for a copy of this book. It kept me up late reading and not wanting to put it down. Just one more chapter….