From the beginning, it is clear Claire was running from something.
I think Claire only ever wanted an idyllic life in the country with her husband Matt and baby daughter, Olivia. What she did get is a flawed husband, a cottage in the country filled with her husband’s deceased grandmother’s belongings while suffering an undiagnosed bout of postnatal depression. Oh, I almost forgot the forever intrusive mother-in-law.
Odd things start happening at home where Claire spend plenty of time on her own with a screaming baby Oliva (who feeds and screams more than any baby I have ever met) while her husband works at setting up his veterinary practice.
Even making friends with a single mom, Emma does not help Claire feel less isolated. She continues to feel distant from her baby and her husband is spending more and more time at work.
As a subplot, running parallel, there is mention of an abused woman. This thankfully pulls together in the end.
I must admit I was second-guessing everyone from the first chapter! Sometimes the book moves a bit slow, but the ending is worth it.