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  • Diaturbing

    Disturbing, that's what this book is, very disturbing. Not one of the characters is even remotely likeable, they are all unpleasant and mean. There's a lot of hatred and loathing between them, especially aimed at Chrissy, the mother who "loses her child" as they like to repeat over and over again, who they all want to keep punishing for her mistakes, even though she's been punishing herself from the moment her daughter was kidnapped. It seems there's no going too far when it comes to make her pay, but, believe me, there's a lot of going too far in this book. So if you like twisted, wicked psychological thriller, with resentful characters and an unforeseen ending, then this is the book for you!

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  • 2.5 Stars

    There was a lot going on in this book, from many points of view. I pretty much figured out what was going to happen by page 27. I knew the who and why but not the surprise at the very end. This book was very repetitive, that same old question going through Christie's mind over and over again.Should I tell them? Yes...no I cannot at this time, it will ruin everything...but I have to get it off my chest...maybe later I will tell them. Will they understand? No, they will think I am wretched and leave me. Nearly every chapter had something close to that in it. I loathed every single character in this book. Not one of them had a single redeeming quality about them. They were all liars and cheaters and had hatred boiling their blood. I wish the author had let us in on the secret and simply told the story through the young girls point of view. The book would been much more enjoyable from her point of view and I wouldn't have felt so deflated at knowing the big reveal. The writing did suck me in I liked Chaudhuri's style and the last few chapters surprised even me so I am rounding up.

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  • An absolutely brilliant psychological thriller,

    Where do I start with this review? This is the best psychological thriller I have read this year without a shadow of a doubt. I know we tend to say a book has so many twists and turns that we don’t see things coming, well this one had those in bucketfuls. This is one rollercoaster ride of a read. I thought I had it all worked out fairly early on, I thought I had all the answers but I was so far off. Not one thing happened as I had expected. This story grabs you from the first line of the prologue until the last word in the book. Told from multiple viewpoints so you are getting each characters feelings and thoughts. Also told in two different timelines the before and the now. Greg had fallen in love with Chrissie from the moment he met her. They both had very good jobs in the same company, after they got married and Chrissie had Heidi she didn’t go back to work as she thought she would want to. She adored Heidi, but then when out one day Heidi disappeared. But Chrissie wasn’t 100% honest that day. She had been distracted on her phone when Heidi was taken, as she had a secret. Now 23 years later she still blamed herself for losing her daughter. Greg blamed her for losing their daughter. They had two more children Dan and Ella, Greg thought this would help them get over losing Heidi, but Chrissie couldn’t love them, she went through the motions like a robot. But never showed them any affection. Dan and Ella hated their mum for this. Janine has been Chrissie’s best friend for years. She was there when Chrissie needed her although her and her husband had lived in Hong Kong for a number of years. Janine’s husband Nate who had been one of Greg’s best friends had recently died. Miranda had dated Greg before he met Chrissie, she was madly in love with him but he didn’t feel the same and had ended the relationship, then he met Chrissie, Miranda realised if she wanted to stay in Greg’s life she had to be friends with his wife. Since losing Heidi, Chrissie had seen a number of psychiatrists but she had never opened up to any of them, she wanted to punish herself. Then she started to see Dr Freya Cousins after all it’s worth a try. Janine had recommended this one after she had seen her following Nate’s death, Miranda had recommended her. For the first time Chrissie finds herself beginning to talk about that day. But will she tell the whole story. Greg is no longer I love with Chrissie he looks at her and feels nothing. He is in a bar when he meets a young woman who he starts an affair with, for the first time in years he feels alive. Dan has met someone as well and they have got engaged, Ella has just met a young woman who listens to her, someone who starts to care. For the first time I their lives they seem to be feeling happy. There is so much to this story, with characters telling the reader how they feel. I have to say I didn’t like any of the characters they are all full of flaws that aren’t attractive, this would usually put me off but the way this is written you just have to read on, you know why the characters are the way they are the more you read. They are all believable and well rounded. I honestly don’t know how the author managed to juggle all the pieces of this story before putting them together to solve the puzzle. But it is done so brilliantly. Even when you think everything is solved there is another twist in the tale. A book I will be highly recommending, it’s definitely going to be in my top 10 books of the year without a doubt. If you like a good psychological thriller then this is one to read, I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next. I would like to thank #netgalley and #HeraBooks for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • Mindblowing...brilliant.

    Be still my beating heart...this book was absolutely brilliant. AA. Chaudhuri's debut psychological thriller was meticulously executed from start to finish. With an addictive, compelling plot and complex, believable characters and let's not forget the edge of your seat, jaw-dropping twists. I had to stop and ask myself, what just happened??? Worth all the stars and more.

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