Alex and Carrie meet at a support group and they help each other by responding to what they each want in life – Alex wants a child to love and Carrie wants someone by her side whilst she is dying.
But what do they really want from each other? That question forms the basis of the plot.
There are plenty of lies in this story. There are also difficult issues of terminal cancer, eating disorders and domestic violence. Both of the women have a murky past they want to keep hidden. But what exactly are they lying to each other about, and why?
The extent of the lies made both women a tad unlikeable. Our heart strings are pulled at the end for both of them but it didn’t do much to dilute my dislike, in particular of Alex.
There are plenty of twists in this story and plenty of menace too. A solid psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.
I’ve wanted to read a book by this author for a while, so when the opportunity came up on NetGalley, I took the chance.
Thank you to the author, NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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The most compelling part was Eden’s desperation...
This book alternates two points of view.
One of the two main characters is Jessica Sloane. Jessie’s mum has died and she’s plunged into terrible grief and insomnia. She then finds out her social security number is invalid and this starts a hunt for the truth about her ‘real’ identity. Jessie starts to question everything in the past. She also questions everything happening in the present since the insomnia is messing with her mind.
The other woman in the story is Eden. Eden is driven almost crazy by her desire for a baby. She and her partner are trying all kinds of fertility treatments and nothing seems to be working.
The most compelling part of the book for me was the exploration of Eden’s desperation. This felt very lifelike. She slips from being a stable woman into a person obsessed. There were creepy aspects to this and unsettling ones, as Eden explores how far she’s prepared to go to get what she wants.
I found Jessica’s difficulties a tad less compelling. At first she got my sympathy, yet her crisis kept drinking in everyone and everything around her, and this started to feel a bit strained. At the end of the story, we will find out the why all of this happened but the understanding only comes at the very end.
We have to wait until the second half of the book to find out how these stories are linked. We slowly unpick the reality from the nightmares and mind games.
If I’m being honest, I have to say it lost my interest a bit somewhere in the second half. Nothing much new was happening and a plot that started out as a great idea didn’t deliver the full punch I’d expected it to. That said, it was still a good story.
My thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book. This is my honest review.
To celebrate 40 great reviews on Amazon UK, I have a Free Giveaway running until 1st July.
Prize is 25pound Amazon Gift Card OR
your name as a character in my next crime thriller.
It's easy to enter. All you have to do is like a post and tag a friend.
Entry page is here on my Facebook Author Page
It’s a volatile mix and it’s going to end in murder. The question is – who? And then we must find out why?
This story follows the lives of a small group of Bristol residents.
Joey (woman) has just come back from working in Ibiza and she's brought her new husband, Alfie, with her. They’ve no money and they’re looking for work. They stay at Joey’s brother’s house. Joey’ brother, Jack, is a successful heart surgeon and it seems he has everything – a sunny personality, money, a wife he adores and a baby on the way.
Their next-door neighbours are head teacher Tom Fitzwilliam and his wife Nicola. Tom’s son, Freddie, has a habit of watching people through his digital binoculars and taking photographs of them. He likes to log the details of people’s lives - the times they leave, the route they take to work. He’s particularly interested in three girls from the local school.
The story starts with a murder and, in the background of the story, we follow the police interviews of each of the suspects.
Tom Fitzwilliam is the top suspect (but is he also the victim? We must wait until the end to find out). He’s suspected of having affairs with previous students of his schools.
Joey is having second thoughts about her whirlwind marriage and falls headlong in lust with dashing headteacher Tom. She keeps encountering him, at first by chance and then deliberately, and it seems he feels the same way about her…
It’s all a volatile mix and it’s going to end in murder. The question is – who? And then we must find out why?
There's a knotted history between some of the characters that gradually unfolds as the story builds in tension.
My favourite character was Jenna. Jenna is fifteen years old and living with her mother who has mental health issues. Jenna has her head screwed on and will prove key to the solving the whole tangled mess.
All the characters were very well written – they had depth and interest and real life dilemmas and troubles which made them feel ‘real’.
The plot pulled me in from the beginning and kept my interest to the end. This one is the real deal – a great page turner, with some creepy aspects and utterly absorbing at the same time. A very enjoyable read and highly recommended.
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GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL has 40 great reviews on Amazon UK. Yoo-hoo!
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The Prize is either a 25 pound Amazon Gift Card
your name as a character in my next crime thriller
(Kal Medi Book 3)
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GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
The darkest crimes can't stay hidden forever
A dead journalist?
A dead matron at a children's home
A young body washed up by the river
And a crime so evil it defies belief.
Only one person can nail the killer, and she's the daughter of a criminal...
An Award winning crime thriller.
GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL is a gripping, twisty thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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