Synopsis from Goodreads: Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive. That’s what she thinks, anyway—and why she tried to kill herself. But then she arrives at Lakeview Hospital, where she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had.Yet Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up—sending her back to the life that drove her to suicide—Vicky must find her own courage and strength. She may not have any. She doesn’t know.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born. It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?
While it's not a requirement in a thriller that the reader have sympathy for the main character, I do think it makes for a better reading experience. However, it also seems to me that thrillers with Unsympathetic Girl protagonists (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo etc.) are becoming a Thing and I don't have a problem with that. I'm all for equality! But it was hard to relate to her or understand this character's choices and motivations. Her default mode is flight: she just runs and runs and runs. But it's definitely a wild and entertaining ride to see how she constantly reinvents herself.
I think thriller readers who aren't bothered by moral ambiguity and don't mind a long wait for explanations will enjoy this.