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Author: Christine Warner
Publisher: Harlequin (UK), Mira UK
Date of Publication: February 11th, 2016
This story is one of the very few that not just one but several reviewing friends all kept telling me I had to read, so I was delighted when the publishers also asked if I’d like to read and review it – and fairly obviously I jumped at the chance. I certainly don’t regret doing so! This is an enthralling page turner, one where the perfect couple are anything but behind those closed doors. The psychological abusive behaviour is slowly revealed to the reader, you know something is wrong but you are initially unaware of what is happening, why and what the goal is. How can a globe trotting, highly successful woman become like this? How can a leading lawyer fighting for women abused by their husband become like this? How can the victim escape the continual maltreatment and live in safety? Sorry, you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
I was impressed with how the feeling of discomfort was initially suspected, developed and secrets revealed by changing the timing of the events portrayed, alternating relating from the present to the past. The imposed control, the imminence of the threats and associated dangers were emotively portrayed, making the reader feel the fear, angst and turmoil of the victim. It is a very chilling, creepy, well written psychological thriller – and I thought the ending was brilliant! I can’t believe this is a debut novel – having just discovered that I can’t wait to see what this talented author comes up with next, definitely an author to look out for!
Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.
He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.You’d like to get to know Grace better.But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack andGrace are never apart.Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of their bedroom windows.
Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
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