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  • An okay read

    The story was choppy with suspense interweaving it. The author kept the secrets well hidden behind a suspenseful film in most of the book, giving me just hints of it at opportune times. The only niggle I had was the main character kept drinking to the point of having blackouts and losing time right until the last few chapters. Few questions felt unanswered. Overall, I enjoyed reading the story of Frankie and her darkest fear.

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  • A solid read

    I really enjoyed Nina’s debut, The Daughter in Law and was eagerly awaiting for what she was going to come up with next. I wasn’t disappointed. Her Darkest Fear is is a great addition to her bibliography and is a great read. I also have to mention the fantastic cover for this book, which is so striking and sets off the tone of the book perfectly. Well done to the designer. Nina has created a haunting tale that focuses on the main character Frankie and the grief she has harboured for 20 years over the tragic death of her brother Keifer. The chapters alternate from the present, back to the past, that Nina provides via flashbacks and journal entries, which I thought was a great touch. In the lead up the 20th anniversary of Keifer’s death, mysterious things start to happen and it soon becomes clear that there is more to this than meets the eye. The character of Frankie is so complex. It is hard to read sometimes as she falls deeper and deeper into darkness as her grief takes over, which in turn causes struggles in her current relationships. We see her spiral and use alcohol as a means to cope. The other characters are a diverse bunch and are used to make you second guess everything. They have been well written, delveloped and serve their purpose well. Her Darkest Fear is a slow burn, as Nina concentrates on Frankie’s backstory, but it is not an effort to read it and at no time did I get frustrated by this. It is all integral to the story where it all leads to a conclusion that was completely unexpected and I didn’t see coming! All up, Her Darkest Fear is a solid read and a great escape to get lost in during this unsettling time that the world is in at the moment. With an intriguing plot, well-developed characters, that is all brought together through fluid and engaging writing, this is a must-read for 2020. It was a pleasure to read and review Her Darkest Fear which I recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Nina Manning for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Her Darkest Fear which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Very Good!

    If you get a buzz from reading exhilarating, dark psychological thrillers then don't miss out on Nina Manning's Her Darkest Fear. Frankie Keegan is trying to make a success of herself and her career in marketing, but she is struggling with bad memories from her past. Mum to two children, Maddox and Pixie, she is married to computer technician Damian, who occasionally works freelance and is also a stay-at-home dad. Frankie lived through a trauma that happened around 20 years ago in which her beloved older brother, Kiefer was killed. She's never been able to overcome the guilt she still harbours and it only gets worse with each passing year. As the anniversary of Kiefer's death approaches along with what would have been his 40th birthday, someone is pertinaciously reminding Frankie of events she would prefer to forget. I was drawn right into this haunting story of grief, suppressed guilt, regret, and revenge from the very first page. Told in alternating chapters from the past and in the present and narrated by Frankie, the plot was well structured and executed. Nina Manning has a wonderful easy-to-read writing style. The characterisation was good with the anticipated blend of likeable and loathsome players. Overall, Her Darkest Fear is an incredibly compelling story of domestic suspense with a neat twist at the end, that I would not hesitate to recommend. I look forward to reading more from this fabulous author, Nina Manning. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Boldwood Books via NetGalley, and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Unexpected!

    a psychological good read for sure. It centres around the brother's death and every year after that. Someone is carrying a grudge and won't let go. The book is written as Then and Now so I had to remember which one I was reading. Good style of writing

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  • The Guilty Wife

    I enjoyed this book but it took awhile to get into it so seem to be a longer read for me, that's why I only rated 4 stars. I didn't give up and it finished well.

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