Across The Water by Ingrid Alexandra. (2020).
**2 out of 5 stars**
In a remote Australian backwater, Liz’s only lifeline to the real world is through her window where she is obsessively watching the three houses across the creek. It’s the middle house that transfixes her: with beautiful Delilah and her angelic baby. When both mother and baby go missing, everybody in the town seems to believe it’s a murder-suicide in the water perpetrated by Delilah. Everyone except Liz. Wrestling with her demons, Liz risks everything to uncover a truth that becomes darker at every corner…
Unfortunately I have to admit that I didn’t really like this book much. I thought there were a lot of things that didn’t quite make sense in relation to the plot, or weren’t explained satisfactorily enough for me. I also thought the big twist was fairly obvious, but others may disagree. One of the biggest things I didn’t like was the jumps around in time; even though they were clearly labeled, it just felt all over the place, particularly when it was also from different character point of views. It was interesting enough to not give up on, and that’s about it for me.
Overall: this isn’t a thriller I’d personally recommend but of course there are other readers that have really enjoyed it so it’s always worth a go if it sounds intriguing to you.