by Seraphina Nova Glass
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Graydon House Books
Description from the Publisher:
You’re not alone. Someone’s waiting. Someone’s watching … Someone's listening.
In SOMEONE’S LISTENING, Dr. Faith Finley has everything she’s ever wanted: she’s a renowned psychologist, a radio personality—host of the wildly popular “Someone’s Listening with Dr. Faith Finley”—and a soon-to-be bestselling author. She’s young, beautiful, and married to the perfect man, Liam.
Of course Liam was at Faith’s book launch with her. But after her car crashes on the way home and she’s pulled from the wreckage, nobody can confirm that Liam was with her at the party. The police claim she was alone in car, and they don’t believe her when she says otherwise. Perhaps that’s understandable, given the horrible thing Faith was accused of doing a few weeks ago. And then the notes start arriving—the ones literally ripped from the pages of Faith’s own self-help book on leaving an abusive relationship. Ones like “Secure your new home. Consider new window and door locks, an alarm system, and steel doors…”
Where is Liam? Is his disappearance connected to the scandal that ruined Faith’s life? Who is
sending the notes? Faith’s very life will depend on finding the answers.
About the Author:
Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Texas-Arlington, where she teaches Film Studies and Playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and has optioned multiple screenplays to Hallmark and Lifetime. Someone's Listening is her first novel.
I loved it.
This was the first book I've read by Seraphina Nova Glass, and I enjoyed it thoroughly! The characters were well developed, the plot was intricately woven, and the pacing was perfect.
Admittedly, I was a little worried when the opening lines of the story had the main character waking up (a taboo cliche), but the story quickly improved with great imagery and layered questions.
Multiple places throughout the story, the author had me gasping out loud and feeling my own anxiety ramp up.
While the main character was quite complex, there were times when I wanted to reach through the story's pages and shake her, hard. She made a lot of dumb choices for a professional therapist, and her heavy-handed purchase of a gun pulled me out of the story world.
Nonetheless, expert writing and story pacing kept me glued to the pages. The plot was resolved in a satisfying climax, and the reveal of the villain was well justified.
I look forward to reading more books by this terrific author!
Favorite passages from the story:
"Maybe that primal need for your mother when you're in pain, because no matter how abandoned she's left you, no matter how many years have passed, you still carry an illogical hope that maybe ... maybe she'll be there this time."
"It seems impossible that I can go out in the world and find and lose jobs, fall in love, make unforgivable mistakes, hurt people, get my heart broken, develop wrinkles and cynicism, and change so completely from who I was in this house, and come home and that little Christmas globe hasn't moved, probably not even to be dusted, through all of this -- through a person's whole life."
[I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]