Waking at 2.00am on the eve of her 40th birthday, Sophie Gardner finds a stranger sitting in her bedroom. The terrified Sophie is handed a letter which she is to open at 8.00 pm at the party, in front of her family and friends and read the contents aloud. On no account is she to tell anyone about this; the penalty for not obeying the instructions is that her family will be hurt.
This predictably causes an immediate panic for the unnerved Sophie and what follows is a whirlwind of twists and turns as the plot evolves and she tries to make sense of it. The stress of the situation becomes more intense when she discovers that the party is also to be her wedding, beautifully planned by her somewhat controlling fiancé Marc.
Marc, who has been married before, has two children and a difficult ex-wife and from Marc's description Sophie is convinced that she is the one behind the situation. Are her instincts correct and how can she find out?
The main characters for the most part were not likeable and the character I eventually felt the most sympathy with was rather unexpected. There is a feeling of how little one knows about those who are close, or more importantly - how well you know yourself.
The opening is thoroughly gripping but I felt that it tailed off and the end didn't really work for me.