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We Don’t Leave by Emerald O’brien

Hello everyone. How’re you all doing?

I’m terribly sick and to be honest I’m at a very bad place right now. Anyway I’ll still be posting here only for now.

Enjoy the review!

Title: We Don’t Leave

Author: Emerald O’brien

Published: July 22 2021


Who can you believe when you can’t trust your own eyes?

Hayden is excited to begin a new life with her husband, Sid, after he accepts a job offer back in his hometown. She doesn’t love the idea of being so far from her family, but she understands why he’s pushing for the move—after a car wreck and addiction issues, it makes sense that he’d want a fresh start. Sid has even agreed to throw a party to celebrate the transition.

But when Hayden steals away to their cottage for some time alone, she makes a shocking discovery.

Terrified, she races home, but by the next morning, she’s more confused than anything.

What did she really witness? Is her mind playing tricks on her? If she’s right, what she saw might upend both her marriage and her very freedom.

But Hayden can’t risk making accusations, not without proof.

After all, it’s not the first time she’s seen something that wasn’t there.

We Don’t Leave by Emerald O’brien is an incredible psychological thriller I read last month. My first book by the author, and already I can’t wait to read more!  The characters –  Hayden and Sid are a couple who seem to be having problems in their marriage. No marriage is perfect, yes, but theirs is a bit different. Especially since they have made a pact since they got married. No matter what, they don’t leave. They stay and fight through it all.

Now after one of their nasty fights regarding Sid’s addiction, Hayden has left. To their cabin in order to get some time alone and think things through. Once there, she sees a dead man in their tub. And a lady, her sister? with a knife in hand.

Frightened, she returns home. Was she hallucinating? Should she tell Sid? Perhaps she’s gone crazy. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Years ago, she claimed her boss was stalking her every where she went. Until her husband set him straight. Turns out he wasn’t even in the places she said she saw him. Was that what was happening again? Was she hallucinating once more?

And that is when the secrets begin to unfold. I like how there were very few characters. I think it helped a lot in bringing out the story. The theme of addiction and withdrawal is very less talked about, but here it’s very much in focus. It shows Sid’s inability to stop, how Hayden helped him pull though, the courage it took for the both of them.

The book is full of suspense, i spent the whole day contemplating on where she’s crazy, what did she really see, who killed the man? It was simply thrilling to read. The climax was totally astoundingly brilliant. I didn’t see that coming.

I still have some unanswered questions about Sid. And Gabe as well, what he said at the epilogue seems a bit creepy or is it just me? I sincerely hope there’ll be a book 2 to this because I need to know what happens next!

Already added some of the authors books to my TBR. She is simply incredible! 😍 ✨

Emerald O’Brien is a Canadian writer who grew up just east of Toronto, Ontario. She studied Television Broadcasting and Communications Media, and graduated from the program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

When Emerald is not reading or writing unpredictable stories packed with suspense, she loves baking, bonfires, binging Netflix shows, and spending time with family. 

A horror movie enthusiast, Emerald can be found watching them at the movie theatre with her best friend or while cuddled up on the couch with her two beagles: Tucker and Wynnie.

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