Faith Finley has it all: she’s a talented psychologist, a bestselling author and the host of a popular local radio program, ‘Someone’s Listening, with Dr. Faith Finley’. She’s married to the perfect man, Liam Finley, a respected food critic.
Until the night everything goes horribly wrong. Liam is missing–gone without a trace–and suspicion falls on Faith.
And then the notes begin to arrive. Notes that are ripped from Faith’s own book, the one that helps victims leave their abusers. Notes like “Lock your windows. Consider investing in a steel door.” As the threats escalate, the mystery behind Liam’s disappearance intensifies. And Faith’s very life will depend on finding answers…
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Someone’s Listening might just be one of my favourite thrillers of 2020. It’s a well-written and incredibly gripping story about talented psychologist Faith Finley, who’s life is turned upside down after one of her patients accuses her of sexual assault and her career is left in tatters.
The beginning of the story switches been past and present events. The chapters set in the past show Faith’s flourishing career until the moment her patient speaks out. From that point on, she loses her radio program, ‘Someone’s Listening’, her relationships with her friends become strained and her marriage begins to buckle under the stress. When her husband disappears, no one believes Faith when she says something terrible has happened to him. She’s treated as an unreliable witness and a suspect by the police as her patient’s claim ruins her credibility.
The present day chapters show Faith desperately trying to piece together what really happened to her husband and if it’s possible that he really did walk away from their marriage. Once a confident and talented psychologist, she’s reduced to an alcoholic and a pill-popper. As well as being a suspect to the police, Faith also becomes an unreliable narrator as her mental health spirals and she begins to rely more on alcohol to get her through the day. When threatening notes that are ripped out of her own book begin to arrive, Faith begins to suspect everyone and given that almost everyone has a motive for wanting to hurt Faith, it becomes incredibly difficult to pinpoint who really is trying to ruin her life. The only thing I was sure of was that Faith’s tormentor was rapidly succeeding in ruining her career.
The unreliable narrator is one of my favourite tropes and it’s executed perfectly in Someone’s Listening. As we only have Faith’s word to go on and are with her throughout the whole story, I couldn’t fully trust her reasons for suspecting people. What I did really enjoy though was Faith taking Liam’s disappearance into her own hands by starting her own investigation. The author actually does a great job with this, too, as it gives Glass the perfect opportunity to throw plenty of red herrings throughout the story, which I was really impressed by. The red herrings made it impossible to put the book down. I just HAD to know who was behind this. I suspected multiple characters, but in the end none of my guesses were correct. I was left completely floored by the ending and I couldn’t believe how I missed it when all the signs were there. It was such a dramatic and twist-filled ending.
Someone’s Listening is an incredibly suspenseful story and one I will definitely be reading again in future. I can honestly say that I didn’t predict a single twist that happened in this book. It’s been a while since I read a book that was so gripping and I’m really looking forward to Glass’ next book.