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  • Always a Bridesmaid...

    Sasha and Caitlin’s unlikely friendship begins as children at Saxby House. Sasha, the servants' daughter, is enamored with the beautiful Caitlin, granddaughter of the manor. Always in awe of Caitlin’s wealth and status, Sasha revels in this friendship but also tolerates a lot of odd behavior and poor treatment from her bestie. Sasha is also intrigued by the undercurrent of secrets and lies hiding beneath the grandeur of Saxby House and is determined to uncover them. One night she does… Fast forward to adulthood... Caitlin is about to get married and Sasha is her bridesmaid, in charge of creating the perfect wedding day. But Sasha has put up with toxic behavior and playing second fiddle to Caitlin for twenty years, and she’s finally had enough… Told in alternating timelines but entirely from Sasha’s perspective, "The Bridesmaid" has an intriguing premise and is an enjoyable read.

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  • Good

    The Bridesmaid is about friendship, codependance, family and about how things, people and relationships are not always what they seem to be and very importantly, the fact that you shouldn't be quick to judge because people have their own story, past and motivation for behaving like they do. I had a hard time to "digest" Sasha and Caitlin kind of friendship, I couldn't understand why Sasha puts up with so much nonsense coming from Caitlin, but at the same time couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what was going on, and what these family secrets the author refers to many times were. I wasn't disappointed. A good psychological domestic thriller! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Loved the Psychological Intensity

    Oh, the tension! I was practically clenching my jaws and holding my breath from start to finish. This slow burn psychological thriller is enticing and captured me, utterly and completely, from the first page to the last. I hungrily read the novel in one sitting, ignoring everything else. Young Sasha moves to live on a huge estate along with her parents where they work as head gardener and housekeeper/cook respectively. As a young girl, Sasha is ecstatic to discover the owners of the estate have a young daughter her age. They are incredibly wealthy and the class lines are very distinct which matters more to Caitlin's parents than Sasha's. Appearance is everything. The book is told in alternating timelines in Sasha's voice when the girls are kids/teens and also as young women. Nina Manning does this beautifully. Caitlin is not a normal kid but Sasha is drawn to her and aims to please, desperate for a best friend her age who is like a sister. Caitlin's mother detests Sasha and the lower class in general but the girls hang out and know each other better than anyone else does. When Caitlin plans to marry, Sasha is to be her bridesmaid. But nothing is as it seems. I just love the goosebump-inducing psychologically disturbing bits scattered throughout. Very, very interesting plot and subplots. If you are seeking intense suspense which wondrously messes with your mind, do read this. I am so glad to have discovered this immersive book and felt an immediate connection. Loved learning the inner workings of the characters' minds. And the writing...oh, my. At the end of each chapter I wanted to quickly reach the next, yet didn't want the book to end. A delicious predicament! My sincere thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the privilege of reading an e-ARC of this marvelous book.

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  • Stunningly Clever!

    Here’s an author who knows how to keep readers guessing! Sasha and Caitlin meet as children and become best friends. Caitlin comes from a wealthy family, Sasha is the child of the hired help but they form a close bond which lasts through the years. Sasha keeps Caitlin on a bit of a pedestal, doing anything for her – even keeping secrets. Now they’re grown up and Caitlin is getting married her bridesmaid is, of course, Sasha. Sasha bears the responsibility for making the big day just the way Caitlin wants it, going the extra mile again and again but the bride is hard to please and continually manages to utter put-downs and snide remarks toward her bridesmaid. As the big day approaches, the strain begins to show and cracks open in the relationship. Secrets which kept them together now threaten to tear them asunder. Nina Manning knows how to grab her audience, keep them on their toes and reel them in. With a cast of well-crafted characters and secrets galore swirling in the background, this is one which consumed me. I’m not sure I actually liked Caitlin very much; I’ve never had much time for those who think they’re entitled and she certainly fits that bill. I enjoyed the chapters going back and forth in time meaning we were learning about the history of the friendship at the same time as the wedding got closer. An excellently plotted story line, packed with information which stopped me overthinking what else was going on. The secrets, when revealed, were both surprising and shocking. Without a doubt, this is a stunningly clever psychological thriller from an author who knows her stuff; one to watch and earning my recommendation and all five stars.

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  • Delightfully suspenseful!

    Sasha is The Bridesmaid, still in thrall to her childhood best friend Caitlin. Sasha’s family worked in the kitchen and garden at the vast estate of Saxby. Caitlin’s family owned it. This, naturally, weighs their relationship down with differences of class and wealth. However, the girls stay friends…until the wedding. The story, narrated by Sasha, moves between the past and the present. Events of the summers when the girls were in their early teens weight down the present, the days leading up to Caitlin’s wedding to Chuck, who seems to have an oddly close relationship to Sasha. All is revealed after the wedding when we realize the bridesmaid has had some very unexpected responsibilities. The Bridesmaid is delightfully suspenseful, punctuated with surprise twists, especially the final one. This is a fast-paced 5 star read. Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Nina Manning for this ARC.

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