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    Gripping Read, Palpable Tension!

    Well, this really is a psychological thriller - it will mess with your head! Becca has a lot on her plate; she looks after her three-year old daughter Mia while her husband works hard at building his business which takes him away from home a lot of the time. With her mother dead and her father in poor health since his heart attack, she is always being made to feel guilty by her sister who moved back home to care for their father. Throw in a stressful part-time nursing job and you begin to see why she is thrilled when an ex-boyfriend makes contact on social media. Can she share her worries with him? Then things get worse as Mia get ill over and over again, and Becca begins to realise that not all those who profess support are on her side. Who to trust? The tension is palpable in this novel - you can almost feel the immense pressure Becca is put under. Well-written and carefully plotted - as always from Rona Halsall - this one had my heart pounding in my ears more than once. I had no idea where it was going until all was revealed, and I liked that the book went on to include an epilogue explaining where everyone ended, tying it all up and leaving no questions unanswered. I was so drawn into this one that I read into the early hours long after I should have been asleep, and I would definitely recommend this to every reader who enjoys not knowing what's going to happen next. Another five star read from this author!
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    Loved this book!

    Oh my goodness, Rona weaves a fantastic plot around a parent’s worst nightmare. At times I felt my tension levels rising and my fists clenching for Becca and the injustice that she was going through. I had no idea who was trustworthy and who wasn’t which had me hurrying through the book to find out. I loved the use of social media, more specifically Twitter, and Becca’s character was revealed with skill through her responses. Her dilemma was fantastic and Connor fuelled that brilliantly. As for the characters, they were really well developed. I wanted to delve into what was causing all the tensions within the whole family, unleashing whatever secret were being kept. Mia’s little character was lovely and I felt disturbed by what was happening. A great psychological thriller that totally reeled me in and not without its mega shocking surprises. A must read. Loved it!
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    A thrilling read!

    You know when you read a Rona Halsall book that you are going to be getting one cracker of a read and The Ex-Boyfriend is no exception. She really is one talented author and delivers each and every time, which makes her one of the best psychological thriller authors out there! Rona has put together an interesting plot that drew me in right from the outset and took me hostage until the final page. The opening is chilling and sets off the tone for the rest of the story. It really got under my skin and shook me to the core. The characters have been very well developed and have been brought to life beautifully. Rona Halsall knows how to get into a readers head and mess with it, as she makes you second guess everyone. So many times I thought I had it in the bag, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! As always Rona Halsall captured my attention with writing that is perfectly flawless and just flows so well, as she makes your fingers get a workout furiously flicking those pages on the Kindle. The Ex-Boyfriend sure is a page turner that had me reading until the sun came up and was completely worth the book hangover I had afterwards! The Ex-Boyfriend is a gripping first class read and one that you must add to your reading list for this year. It is engrossing, intense and with a jaw dropping outcome that I did not see coming, makes this a very satisfying read and I can’t wait to see what Rona Halsall will come up with for her readers next. Thank you to Rona Halsall, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Ex-Boyfriend which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    twists and turns

    The Ex Boyfriend certainly has some unlikeable characters and a family that is flawed to say the least. Becca finds her ex boyfriend on Social media and the memories come flooding back. Her past comes back to haunt her in more ways than one But Becca has a busy life, a husband who is never home and a 3 year old who suddenly keeps getting ill for no reason and the doctor's are suspicious of Becca. She has her dad who lives with her sister and that's not going well. Becca just makes the worst decisions but you know she loves her daughter beyond anything. The author slowly draws you in and then throws some subtle twists at you to keep those pages turning. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read The Ex Boyfriend.
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    Who can you trust?

    Who can you trust? Your family? Your friends? Your husband? Or…your ex-boyfriend? These are the questions Becca faces in this absolutely gripping psychological thriller by Rona Halsell. Becca, mother of three year old Mia, is married to Dean who spends long days trying to grow a new business. She works part time as a district nurse and relies on Ruth for childcare. Although stressed by her changing schedule and Dean’s late nights and travel, Becca manages well until two things happen at nearly the same time. Connor, the Australian ex-boyfriend she broke up with ten years ago, texts her a friendly message. She replies and the two begin regular messaging. Then Mia gets sick. Becca tries frantically to have the mysterious illness diagnosed. What happens next will shock you but why it happened will have you on the edge of your seat! This is the first book Ive read by Rona Halsell and it will definitely not be the last. I’m so looking forward to her next! This fact-paced, suspenseful thriller deserves 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Rona Halsell for this ARC.
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