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  • Fascinating!

    This was a very interesting and twisty book. In fact there are so many twists you may get whiplash! There are fully developed characters and not a likeable one to be found. It is a fascinating tale of who-dun-what and whether revenge is as delicious as it sounds.

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  • Deliciously Twisted

    Emma is ecstatic, spotting an opportunity for a friendship when a new couple Jade and Tomas move into their large, plush Victorian detached house, next door to her in Henley-on Thames. Thomas is a hedge fund manager in the City and Jade used to be a Professor of Forensics at the University of West London. Emma is a dentist, earning much more than her boyfriend, Alastair who is a forensic scientist. Alistair lives with his mother and son, Stephen (from his marriage to Heather, now his ex-wife) in an upstairs flat. When Jade and Thomas invite Emma and Alistair to dinner they accept, and so begins this compelling, complex, dark tale of delusion, and betrayal. Having read a few of Amanda Robson's books, I was fully expecting My Darling to be pretty special, and I was not disappointed! The story is told through the eyes of Emma, Jade and Alistair. In a whirlwind of paranoia, secrets, lies, and murder nothing is kept from the reader other than how the insanity will play out. Amanda Robson cleverly sought to keep my thoughts off-kilter so I was never sure exactly what was happening. This is an unputdownable story, oozing with suspense and craziness that rockets along, and I had a ball reading it. I'm really looking forward to this talented author's next offering. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Avon Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • 3.5 Stars

    My favorite part of this story was its consistency. From the beginning, and all the way through to the end, the author manages to drop in just enough of a hint or plot point to keep you engaged. There are no dragging moments where you're just in it for the end result. Throughout the story line, I was second guessing my predictions and wondering if I was being led on in the wrong direction. Was I being told to look right when the story was going left? Is this person as sane as they think they are, or are we being given a normal narrative from an insane character? You never find out until the end. The author did a fantastic job filling out each character without bogging you down with details. No character was too minor or insignificant. You could recall each person with familiarity, even if their role was small. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for an engrossing mystery/thriller. I could not put it down and I had to find out what happened. There are some unexpected twists in the story that caught me off guard. While I have to admit there were <b>A LOT</b> of coincidences in this book, hence the half 3.5 stars instead of four, BUT the readability factor led me to round it up.

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  • Pages fly by

    What did I just read?? If you love crazy this is the book for you! I can't decide who was crazier, who was more devious , who was more believable! I just did not know who to cheer for , not than any of them deserved to be cheered for ! Secrets , secrets, secrets , secrets. Froze my e reader a few times. Have pre ordered this book for my daughter , but I just might keep it for myself!!! I will say no more! Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for a whirlwind of a read !!!

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  • forensic games

    The book is entirely made up out of snippets of thoughts and observations from the 3 main characters. The tension slowly builds when you notice that there are 2 unstable women in this story. There are also memories from an (at first) unnamed person about violent domestic abuse during his/her childhood. Those elements combined, create an atmosphere of a certain doom hanging over the group. What it is that’s building up, do you find out only when the crime really happens. At the start of the story, Emma and her boyfriend of 4 months observe how the new neighbours Jade and Tomas move in next door. They get acquainted very quickly, but despite liking the husband, Jade is strange and unsympathetic. Between themselves, they call her ‘clusterfuck’. On top of that, she grows an obsession that Tomas is having an affair with Emma who’s a dentist that treats him for a root canal infection. Her paranoia drives her to kill Tomas and frame Emma for the murder, using her intimate knowledge of forensics to plant evidence and stage the crime scene. Can Alastair (also working in forensics) prove that his girlfriend is innocent and is being framed by the murderous wife? He’s got other problems as well. His ex-wife demands more money and acts jealous, despite being the one who left him and her son. She threatens him with hell-fire and even contacts Emma to slander his name. If you think this is bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet! The story becomes more and more twisted. Nobody is exactly who or what he /she appears to be on first sight and everybody seems to have a hidden agenda. Despite its slow start with its multiple points of view on the same event, keep reading past those initial introductions of the characters. This story really builds up the tension to the level that you can’t put the book down and you simply have to know what happens next. Another night of missed sleep! You can consider this story a humoristic warning against tinder-dating, as nothing good or lasting seems to come from it. The main criticism about this book were multiple and severe formatting and editing problems in the Mobi file (for Kindle), that are absent in pdf format. I trust that those will be repaired in the final commercial version. I’m grateful to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for their free ARC copy; this is my honest, unbiased review of it.

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