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  • Loved it!

    This was amazing. Kept me guessing all the way through. Well written. Want to read more by this author!

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  • how well do you know your partner?

    When Gemma O’Connor comes home from a press trip, she can’t find her husband Danny anywhere. They only recently moved to a Bristol suburb from London. The house is clean but no shopping has been done. His clothes, passport and other stuff are also still present, only his bicycle and laptop are missing. She can’t get in touch with him by e-mail and friends or family know nothing. DCI Helena Dickens has her work cut out for her. In the normally peaceful district, 2 murders on young single men have taken place. There’s no obvious connection between the victims, but the bodies have been found close to each other and they both was in their 30ies and died from head injuries. They also looked alike, like brothers or so. With no suspects, she hopes that there won’t be a third victim (and thus a serial killer). But when Gemma comes in to report her husband Danny a missing person, she notices that he looks eerily similar to the 2 murder victims. It might well be a coincidence, but there are too many of those and she doesn’t like it a bit. Something strange is going on with Danny’s disappearance, Gemma can’t find back any of the photo’s she made during the last weeks and there’s also no trace of Danny’s e-mails during that period. His workplace says that they did hire him initially, but that he declined a few weeks later. Both neighbours claim that they never saw him and assumed that Gemma lived there alone. After finding out that Danny lied about his job and his whereabouts and seeing his profile on a dating app, Gemma starts to realise that they never were the perfect couple she thought they were and that she never knew her husband at all. Their marriage and relationship were built on nothing but lies. However this book is marketed as a psychological thriller, and there are certainly mind games being played, I’d rather put it under police procedural, although one doesn’t exclude the other. The main question in this book is where is Danny and why did he tell all those lies to his wife. You’re also left in limbo for a long time before you find out whether Gemma has anything to do with her husband’s disappearance. She claims complete innocence, but as the story progresses, more and more circumstantial evidence points in her direction. I found the ending a bit disappointing, it was cleverly thought up, but there’s no reason why Gemma should be the main suspect and not some other random person. Also, the actions of the killer in the final chapters seem illogical (I can’t point out exactly why as that would give away too many spoilers). If you’re willing to look over that, it’s an entertaining suspense novel. I thank Netgalley and Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for a free ARC and this is my honest review of it.

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  • A Worthy Read

    Ooh I liked that, a bit rushed at the end but that twist was awesome. The police lady who fixated on Gemma needs firing! I was about 80% through when my brain said ah hah. A worthy thriller, worth the read. Thanks to #NetGalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads One More Chapter for the ARC

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  • From start to finish, this book was superb!

    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. Jackie Kabler has written the epitome of a psychological thriller. Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Liked but didn't love

    Gemma, a freelance journalist, comes home after an assignment to an empty home and no clues as to the whereabouts of her husband. After a couple of days pass with still no word from him she contacts the police. They aren't inclined to take it seriously until they realize he fits the same description as the victims of the serial killer case they are working on. When they begin delving into Danny's life they wind up with more questions than answers. And the biggest question of all is this: Why have none of Danny and Gemma's new neighbors ever seen Danny, or anyone else that can verify that Danny is alive? I have mixed feelings on this book. The police seemed overly incompetant, making mistakes that no cop with any experience would make. Gemma was really tenacious; I will give her that. She would not stop trying to prove that he was missing and that she didn't kill him. It did end with a nice plot twist. I liked the book but I didn't love it so I will give it 4 stars.

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