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    An exceptional read.

    Having taken three years to cope with the loss of her son, Ethan Monaghan, Zoe‘s world is turned upside down yet again, due to this one email: "You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son down by the river three years ago. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie. It was no accident." Needless to say, Zoe becomes quite desperate and is determined to find out who sent it. Ethan and his friend Josh were 14 years old when they tragically died. Other things she wonders: Why three years later? It was an accident, wasn't it? After several more emails come her way, she realizes that someone is deliberately targeting her. After all, her son died along with his best friend Josh, yet Josh's mother has never gotten one single email. Zoe asks a lot of questions. She repeatedly questions Josh's mother, as well as some of their friends. Meanwhile, many complicated situations come to light. There are things about Josh's parents that truly disturb Zoe. Then her relationship between her husband and her other son Harley come into play. This story is mainly told from Zoe's first-person perspective, so much so that I was truly absorbed. I felt her pain on many levels. Her roles as a mother and a wife were truly very touching. Other chapters also include other viewpoints. The story is also peppered with the creepy thoughts of an untold individual. Who this person is and how they are connected with the death of the two boys remained ever present in my mind. Then there were several twists and turns. They mostly came in the form of the continued emails. So very chilling. There is also a shocking change of events that might be just enough to destroy Zoe forever. Quite naturally, I flew through the pages. As a reader, I was more than eager to know what really happened to those boys and what would happen to Zoe in her personal life. The other characters in the story, Jake, Harley, Roberta and Adrian, were equally compelling, even if there were ones that I did not like. The story all came together. The Warning is truly an exceptional read. I was in no way able to guess who penned the notes. But, when I got to the end, boy was I shocked! Here you have a story that began as tragic, so we knew going in that there it was certainly very unlikely to have any sort of a happy ending, but the conclusion! Let's just say that it was worth the read, because Kathryn Croft took readers down what may seem like rabbit trails only to present us with more than one surprising finality. Well done. I highly recommend this book to any lover of psychological thrillers. I checked Goodreads and was delighted to see that Ms. Croft has written several other books, which seem like they are also psychological thrillers, which, by far, is my favorite genre. I will most certainly be putting her backlist in my TBR and will be following her for future titles. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Awesome❤️❤️❤️

    OMG Kathryn Croft has done it again!!! I devoured this book in 2 days!!! I absolutely loved it along with all the other books I’ve read of hers. From the beginning to end kept in suspense and shock. I really didn’t see any of it coming. This is definitely the kind of book I would recommend to all my friends. 5 Stars on this one. Keep up the good work Kathryn Croft.
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    The Warning

    Very entertaining with many twists that keep you guessing.
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    The warning

    Really enjoyed this book plenty of twists and turns will look for more from this author
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    Plenty of Twists and Turns

    Within a few chapters after starting this book, I had a bad feeling. Oh no, I said to no one there, not another woman with a bone in her teeth who refuses to let go and can't listen to reason. Now that I've finished, I've changed my attitude to so what? This book is WAY too good to get hung up on a single character (especially one who does, for the most part, have good reasons for being so obstinate). The story is riveting and truly hard to put down; I actually asked my sweet husband to record one of my favorite TV shows so that I could finish the book and watch the show later. Three years earlier, Zoe Monaghan and her husband, Jake, lost the younger of their two sons. Ethan, age 14, and his best friend Josh somehow fell into a nearby river and drowned after inexplicably sneaking out in the middle of the night; both deaths were deemed accidental. Unable to deal with the emotional upheaval, Zoe, Jake and their remaining son, Harley, move to London, leaving Josh's parents, Roberta and Adrian - who simply can't afford to relocate. At their new location, Jake and his friend Liam are working hard to get their business going, so Jake isn't around to offer much emotional support for his wife and son. Out of the blue, Zoe - a nurse at at a fertilization clinic - gets an anonymous email claiming that Ethan's death wasn't an accident. While Jake is dismissive (and isn't willing to stir the coals of an old and very destructive fire), Zoe is determined to get to the bottom of the message. She's not sure it isn't a prank at this point, but neither is she willing to disregard it. Ignoring advice from Jake and the local police, she sets out to contact anyone and everyone who knew Ethan and Josh back then to at the very least find out why they went to the river in the first place. By all accounts, Josh is headstrong almost to the point of incorrigible; but her son, she insists, had his head on straight and wouldn't have gone along with anything he felt was wrong. As time - and more mysterious emails - go along, readers learn that just about everyone involved has secrets (some much darker than others). Some offer clues to the drownings, while others threaten to disrupt the lives of the major characters for totally different reasons. Thrown in the mix are chapters from the perspective of another anonymous character - an apparent stalker of an unknown victim. Who both turn out to be provides yet another twist to a road already filled with unexpected turns. In short, outstanding - and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
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