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    This is my type of thriller

    Many thanks to NetGalley, Midnight Ink and Ann Aguirre for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Third Mrs. Durst. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Marlena grew up in the hills, with a drug-addicted mother, many siblings, and nothing to eat. She knew she had to get out and she did. It was hard to leave the little ones behind, but if she didn’t save herself, no one would. Living on the streets was dangerous but she found a best friend, Jenny. Discovered by a talent agent she begins modeling. A man, Michael Durst, notices her in the office one day and soon she is booking jobs in Europe. Before long Marlena becomes Mrs. Michael Durst. The third Mrs. Michael Durst. Everyone keeps telling her how lucky she is now that she has married prince charming. However, having all the money in the world doesn’t mean you’re happy. Marlena knows she has a long way to go until she is perfect, a word her husband keeps using. Marlena just doesn’t know if she’ll live that long. Michael is grooming her to fit into his society, lying about who she is and where she came from. Marlena tries because if she makes one slight perceived error she is violently punished. The last two wives didn’t survive. Death might be the only way out. Finally!!! A thriller that thrills. A mystery that unfolds. Wow, imagine that. If you can’t tell, I am excited about this book. This was my kind of story. I like when you are led down a path. A path that is true, yet there is so much going on. Where you try to predict the end with one outcome, then another, then another. All possibilities hold true until, boom, there it is. The ending you didn’t expect. You didn’t expect it but it was there the whole time. You haven’t been lied to for ninety percent of the book, then the last ten percent turns everything upside down, and this left-field ending happens that you are supposed to accept. You should be forewarned that there is a lot of violence in this story. It is a little hard to take. I wasn’t expecting it and it made me uncomfortable. But it fit the story. I really liked the characters. Marlena is smart and her story is interesting. Everyone’s part fits into the story. Things move quickly, it is fast-paced, and there is never a dull moment. It’s an easy read, captivating, well written psychological thriller. If you have been following my reviews, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting for something to hold my attention. I’m so happy I finally found it!
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    The Third Mrs. Durst

    The Third Mrs. Durst had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it to those who like thrillers with devious characters.
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    Very Violent but necessary?

    I found this book too violent. otherwise the writing was well done. It would be a 5 star with less violence. Marlena Altizer sets out at 16 to marry Michael Durst. The wealthy property developer has had two wives die after very short marriages and Marlena is determined to survive him. The violence is very graphic at times, and always unpleasant, though an integral part of the story, I wonder if there is a way to dial it down. The monster called Michael 'deserves to die' and Marlena is determined to make that happen. There is more to Marlena then we are led to believe and it is fascinating to watch the truth unravel the lies and be revealed. I volunteered to read an ARC from Midnight Ink through Net Galley
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    Three and a half

    Three and a half This is by an author I used to associate primarily with sci fi so I was interested in what she would bring to this more suspense driven genre. Mrs Durst is not at all what the world perceive her to be. She plays the innocent, manipulated pawn and in reality she’s pulling all the strings. I did have huge amounts of sympathy for her as her Svengali type husband is absolutely vile ! This isn’t a happy ever after romance she has bought into but an abusive relationship that just escalated with surprising alacrity. Yet as much as I knew her husband deserved all that was coming to him at times it was still difficult to imagine exactly how he would get ‘his’ as the author increasingly shocked this reader with time lapses . If I’m brutal I didn’t particularly even like the protagonist Marlena very much but the violence and actions in play in this book were truly offensive and definitely not acceptable so obviously I did want her to prevail. There was a point when the author fooled me and I actually thought Marlena was human and cared about someone yet I was only to realise that she was every bit as manipulative as her narcissistic, psychopath of a husband . Truly Marlena is an amoral , vengeful heroine and I’d like to say I hadn’t worked out the twist at the end but sadly the author laid out breadcrumbs that were very easy to follow. I am a little disappointed that I wasn’t surprised but frankly I’m more disappointed that I never really came to actually like Marlena. I think this book will divide opinions but I am glad that I read it even though my rating might not seem to support that. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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    A deliciously twisted addictive read!

    Wow this is one deliciously twisted story! I was gripped right from the start and was completely caught up in the drama of it all. It is a very chilling and intense read, that at times is quite confronting with very graphic scenes of physical abuse, which is a trigger warning to readers that are sensitive to this, but at the same time is also very compelling. The plot of this book spins a twist on a tale that you may have read before, but what makes this one stand out above the rest, is the power of revenge and the lengths a person will go to to get it, even if it could cost them their own life. This is definitely a story where you won’t find a happy ever after, but you will walk away with is a feeling of satisifaction. After all “Some people just need killing”…. (A brilliant tagline by the way!) Right from the start I absolutely detested the character of Michael Durst and think he is one of the most despicable inhumane characters that I have ever read and has shot straight up to the top of my top 5 most unlikeable characters of all time! Ann has written him to perfection as the villainous sociopath/psychopath. For me, Marlena is a very relatable and believable character. Even though she is put through the ringer and at times in the most horrific of ways, I admired her strength and determination throughout. You definitely would want her as a friend and not as an enemy! I also enjoyed the character of Joanna Van Houten and liked how I was kept guessing if her intentions came from a place of good or bad and I was not disappointed with the outcome there. I really enjoyed Ann’s writing style. Even though at times it can be an uncomfortable read, Ann has nailed making the reader feel tension throughout and know how to make ones heart pound waiting to see where it was all going to go next. This is an addictive thrilling read which I highly recommend. This is the first book that I have read from Ann. She is definitely one that I will be looking out for in the thriller genre in the future. Thank-you to NetGalley, Midnight Ink Books and Ann Aguirre for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Third Mrs Durst which I have review honestly and voluntarily.
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