3 3.5 stars for nowI am having a hard time rating this one I did not see the twists and double twists and triple twists coming Also, it was a little disturbing this is why I m having a hard rating You have grief, revenge, betrayal, obsession, a little madness, criminality, etc I may rate it 4 stars later. I have read lots of psychological thrillers and this was up there with the best It is multi faceted with lots of intrigue and suspense but nothing could prepare me for the actions of the main character Susan and the motive behind what she does The ending is absolutely mind blowing and I certainly didn t see what was coming It was a 2 am finish for me last night and quite fitting that it ended with fireworks going off in the valley opposite my bedroom.
3.5 STARSThis does start pretty slow, but it s not a long book, and once the story gets rolling it s batshit crazy in a way that kept my attention.Susan and Paul have recently moved from Dublin to the country They re the kind of obnoxious parents who snipe at each other about their parenting You re smothering her You re not paying enough attention Susan seems to notice these qualities in other people, but not herself Susan and Paul aren t particularly likable, and both are less so as the story unfolds.Amelia goes missing and things start to hit the fan There are chapters about Susan s life 15 years prior and how it all connects to present day More and is revealed and though I did guess some of what was happening, I did not see that ending coming at all Tangled web doesn t even begin to describe it Did you ever pick up a book to read and you know right from the first page that it s going to be a cracker of a read Well this book did that for me This is one of the best Psychological Suspense Thrillers that I have read in quite a while It hooked me right in from the start and kept me gripped up to the last page I have to be honest and say as I was getting nearer the end I didn t want it to finish as I was enjoying it so much This book has a super storyline and fantastic characters who will stay with me a long time What a read and one I have no hesitation in recommending it you re a fan of psychological thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat A huge 5 star read for me. This was my First Reads pick for the month of October.I initially was concerned because here is another First Reads book where I absolutely loath the people in it With the exception of some back drop characters, there isn t anyone in this story that I could even remotely say I kinda sorta liked Luckily you don t have to Engrossing and well written, this story sucks you in and keeps you reading even with such unsavory people It twists and turns and you find yourself pretty much thinking you ve figured it out.and then you re wrong Well, kind of wrong Regardless, I had a hard time putting it down Definitely one of the better First Reads I ve had in awhile. Good suspense thriller Slow start but picks up speed Excellent twists w surprising end This book starts glacially slow from the POV of a self centered woman living in an expensively renovated and beautifully furnished house with her husband and toddler daughter The storyline is well conceived and very carefully plotted, and there are multiple twists which are set up to develop organically Surprisingly but happily, the characters change in many ways, but no one is truly who he she appears to be Even ordinary conversations and events taking place hides secrets.The story is told from Susan Warner s POV, but I couldn t shake the feeling that she was an unreliable narrator The slow pace isn t helped by Susan or Paul Warner, who aren t particularly likable characters same with the secondary characters The couple disagree about raising their child, because Paul thinks Susan is overly protective of almost three year old Amelia I do love Amelia, but she s a toddler who vanishes during an informal, neighborly party setting off panic and the angst of the main storyline Soon after Amelia vanishes, Paul a marathoner in training begins running all day, abandoning Susan with a neighbor, Helen He blames Susan for Amelia s disappearance, and he is resentful and hostile to police detectives, who have no clues about the disappearance.The secondary storyline consists of flashbacks about the death of Susan s twin brother on their twenty first birthday There is crucial information and an absorbing story here, but there are pages of what appears to be filler about Susan s distant mother her beloved dead brother her friends and neighbors and her dangerous obsession with the man who killed her brother What kept me a crime fiction fan reading was trying to figure out what important facts were hidden in the padding Soon, the twists began and kept coming, and the pace begins racing The denouement is satisfying, and the author ties off all threads Recommended for readers who like domestic suspense thrillers. What a read UnderLying kept me up all night A total mind bender of a book, unputdownable and chilling You move to a new area, reach out to make new friends and the worse moment of your life occurs.Your child goes missing.You read the abstract and know that this is not going to be an ordinary read as the parents have a past and you are not exactly sure what will transpire Well climb aboard and experience the twists and turns of what is a real page turner which shocks and makes you question the rights and wrongs,whose camp are you in and ultimately who deserves the treatment they receive.It is really difficult to write the review of this book without a spoiler.Can people redeem themselves or are they who you think they are.The revelations keep coming to the very last page and will shock and surprise you.How far would revenge take you and are you prepared to lose everything you love to achieve it.Believeable and well written characters that you feel you have a handle on and have mastered and then they do something that stuns you and you have no clue who they really are I can t even say its just the main characters that do this it is throughout You will experience an array of emotions but if you have read Janelle Harris before you know you have to hold on and experience the ride.Some will not pick up the book thinking a missing child etc is not for them Well,face your fears and you will be surprised and pleased you did not pass this by.The ultimate psychological thriller with so much 5 easy stars (Free E-pub) ⛓ Under Lying Ú In this gripping novel of suspense, the disappearance of a couple s baby daughter leaves everyone a suspect Susan has everything she ever wanted A loving husband, an angelic daughter and the cottage of her dreams in County Cork Her picture perfect life seems too good to be true And it is.At a housewarming party with their new neighbours, her daughter Amelia goes missing As friends become suspects, Susan s life spirals out of control And when Amelia s yellow cardigan is dredged from the lake, every parent s worst nightmare suddenly seems horribly real.In the aftermath of Amelia s disappearance Susan and her husband Paul are not themselves Someone is hiding something What if Susan and Paul s entire relationship was built on lies stretching back years Some secrets may be best left buried in the past, but uncovering the truth could be the only way to find Amelia before it s too late. I received this book for free on Kindle Reads It was definitely a page turner It held my attention right up until the end as there were plot twists and surprises all along I don t read a lot of psychological thrillers I m not sure exactly how I feel about this one I think that it was too far fetched for me That Helen becomes so close to Susan in a day That Susan ends up committing two extra murders in order to keep up her plan to get revenge especially Jenny That Paul knew all along who Susan was Also, there were some loose ends that kept me wondering For instance, the suitcase with Susan and Amelia s clothes in the car what happened to it Would that not lead the detectives to see that Susan wasn t innocent Overall, I did enjoy reading it because I wanted to see how it ended, but I thought it was too unbelievable for me I also really didn t like any of the characters I suppose in the end, the most likeable one for me was Deacon, surprisingly.