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  • Another Great Read from Sue Watson!

    It is hard to know who to believe in this latest from Sue Watson. From a smother-mother to her bratty teenaged daughter to the best friends - another mother-daughter duo and close neighbors, to the biological abusive father or could it possibly be the step-father, possibly "Professor Perv"? What happens when your child is two hours away for the first time and cracks are appearing in your relationship. When Amy goes missing, Kat just "knows" something's wrong - but is he just being her ever overprotective self or.... Another really great read from Sue Watson!

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  • Page turner!!

    Couldn’t put this book down!! Makes you want to keep turning the page! Loved it!!!

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  • Page after page of drivel.

    One wonders at times how some of this stuff gets published. I gave up after a few chapters, flicking over the pages hoping the story would progress past the mother obsessing about her daugter. I doesn't deserve even one star.

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  • Superb writing & addictive reading

    🐣 BOOK REVIEW 🐣 Thank you to @netgalley @suewatsonbooks @bookouture for my advanced ecopy of The Empty Nest. So firstly I love Sue’s books. Her romantic comedies literally make my stomach ache with laughter, she’s brilliant. I hadn’t read any of her thrillers, until now, good grief it was blooming marvellous! I was really apprehensive in case I just couldn’t get on board with the change in style & genre but by the end of the first chapter I knew it was going to be brilliant. I devoured it in 24 hours. It is unputdownable (is this a word?? It’s definitely a thing!). The chapters are short and tense. The writing completely conveys Kat’s (MC) sheer terror and desperation. As a mum myself my heart was pounding throughout the entire book. I had every single character in the frame at one point or another. Even Kat!! The relationships are so well conveyed, they are tight and complex. So many lies, so many secrets, oh man it’s truly fantastic!! It’s definitely going to be one of my top reads of the year 🙌🏼

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  • A great read

    The Empty Nest is one hell of a read. Gripped right from the start I was caught up in this story, that took me on a journey of a mother’s love for her daughter and how you should never question a mother’s instincts. If you like a psychological thriller that is chock full of mystery, suspense, intrigue with twists and turns, then this is the book for you! Sue has crafted a story that is tightly plotted and is extremely well written. There is no love stronger than a mother’s love for a child and when it is an only child in the case of Amy, this just intensifies these feelings more. When Kat is unable to reach Amy when she is meant to be coming home for a few days on a break from university, Kat automatically thinks the worse. She knows her daughter and she would never not call her mother to let her know that her plans have changed. What follows is a mother’s desperate search for her daughter while dealing with her husband Richard and Amy’s friends who all seem to be hiding something and may know what has happened to Amy. I must admit I did have mixed feeling’s for Kat’s character at the beginning. I found her to be too much to start with and at times I felt very claustrophobic and smothered when reading the first few chapters. As the story progressed though and we were given more insight into Amy’s background, it became much clearer why Kat was like this. Truth be told, I would much rather have a mother like Kat than one that took no interest in me at all. Her desperation and manic behaviour in trying to find out what has happened to Amy tore at the heartstrings and had me welling up many times. She has been very well written as have all the supporting characters which are a mix of likeable and unlikable ones. I always enjoy Sue’s writing style. It flows well and is fluid and engaging. Sue really knows how to get your attention from the get go and is a master at building tension, suspense and have you sitting on the edge of your seat as to where she is going to take the story. In this case you think you know, but in true Sue Watson fashion she throws in another twist which throws the playing field wide open again. I love how she does this. The Empty Nest is a thrilling read but also one that makes you think and see the other side of how a parent feels when their child leaves the nest. Unable to have children off my own, I guess this was something I never really thought about and now I can understand how my mum felt when I left home. She is very much like Kat but a more chilled version. We are extremely close and it made me put myself in her shoes and it really didn’t feel great. I would be completely lost without my mum and I appreciate her so much and love the relationship we share as mother and daughter. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Empty Nest which I highly recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Sue Watson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Empty Nest which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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