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    A bone chilling read!

    Oh my goodness, this is one twisted read and I loved every second of it! Never has a book gotten under my skin quite like Flowers For The Dead has and it will be one book that will stay with me for a long time to come…in my nightmares! It is a terrifying story, but one that I can’t recommend highly enough! Barbara Copperthwaite takes stalking to a whole new level with this story and it is not for the faint hearted. There were many times I had to put it down to get my heart rate back to normal and catch my breath. Every sound that my house made, had me jumping out of my skin and once when reading it in the middle of the night and my fur baby starting barking…I nearly you know what myself!! If you are a fan of the TV show Friends and remember the episode when Joey was reading The Shining and when it became too much he would put the book in the freezer, this is what happened to me! Ok, well not exactly, as I read this on my Kindle and couldn’t put that in the freezer, so put it in a drawer instead, but if you have seen this, you get the gist of what I’m saying! As a serial killer, Adam Bourne gives the likes of Ted Bundy a run for their money. He just chilled me to the bone. He has been perfectly created in this role as a monster, but on the flip side, did have me feeling sympathy for him which I struggled with. I mean how could I have these feelings after what he does, but as we are taken back into his past and learn all that he has been through, you can’t help but feel some empathy towards him. Barbara Copperthwaite has really outdone herself with this book. I have read other books from her, but this one is on another level and just draws you in like no other. It is compelling, gripping, intense and at times so uncomfortable, but you just can’t tear yourself away from it! It is a real page turner in every sense of the word and if I could just give you one piece of advice… read it in the daytime! Thank you to Barbara Copperthwaite, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Flowers For The Dead, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    Chilling!

    ‘Flowers for the Dead’ is an amazing chiller. With every passing chapter I felt the hairs on my neck prickling with an uneasy itch. I loved that a lot of this book was written from the stalkers POV. This gave it a creepy edge, one in which I really enjoyed reading. I quite often say ‘wow’ after devouring a book at speed. This took me a few days longer to read but it’s a mega wow. The story was epic as it spanned the years and took me on a journey. I felt that I wanted to take in every sentence as I didn’t want to miss out on the characterisation that was being built. I enjoyed savouring it all and taking my time. Laura’s chapters gave me the shivers and it was great seeing Adam’s story unfolding, from childhood to present. I loved the symbolic use of flowers throughout, very cleverly used and researched. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an absolutely chilling psychological thriller, one which will have you hearing things that aren’t there in the night and one that will shock and sadden at the same time. I’m still thinking about it now. It will give you the heebie jeebies - eek!
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    Crazy good

    What a crazy book ! You won't look at flowers the same way after reading this book. From the front cover to the last page I loved it. Adam is desperate not to be alone , so he has a bit of a stalking issue. Laura has survived a horrible family crash but it quick to think someone is coming in to her flat Adam , well he had the worst childhood (other than his Grandma but even her) I found myself afraid of Adam and yet I had a bit of sympathy for him , he was almost made into what he is today. Its gruesome, you will hold your breath, you will scream at the police to listen and most of all you will be turning the pages so fast. I can't wait to check out Barbara Copperthwaite's other books. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture for a nail biting read. Don't miss this one!
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    Flowers for the Dead

    A good read all the way through. And a well done for creating a sad and chilling character as was your sociopathic serial killer; someone who your readers could empathise with, feel sorry for. Amazing, because we really would have wanted something to turn out right for his tortured soul, even though towards the end we knew there was no hope for him to change. All the characters were pretty good and the story was interesting on every page.
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    Terrifically Bone-chilling!

    In Flowers for the Dead, Laura Weir is struggling to cope after a devastating car crash that killed her family. Adam Bourne is besotted with Laura even though he has never met her, buying her flowers, and cooking for her, but he doesn't know that she is watching him, too... Written with finesse and flair, Barbara Copperthwaite stunned me with this classy psychological thriller. The plot execution was tip-top, as was the characterisation, and pacing. There were no disappointments and I was completely gripped from the first chapter, loving the shock factor and twists. Told in alternating chapters, the reader learned of Adam's childhood as the story moved from the past, to the present, and back again. Adam was such a curious character; somebody with whom I found myself empathising at regular intervals despite the fact that that he was a serial killer. He was the highlight of the novel for me, although Barbara Copperthwaite's portrayal of the vulnerable and terrified, yet strong willed Laura was pretty good, too. As occurrences manifested, the author certainly kept me on my toes in this immensely creepy and intense read, and towards the end, the story really picked up pace. Flowers for the Dead was everything I wanted in what was a gritty, tip-top psychological thriller, and I enjoyed how things played out in the dramatic and unexpected finale. This was my first read by Barbara Copperthwaite and it won't be my last. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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