The Playdate – ARC Book Review

The Playdate: An absolutely gripping and unputdownable psychological thriller by [Victoria Jenkins]

Arranging the playdate was easy. Child’s play. Preparing the house was more difficult. It was only now she realised how many photographs there were: the picture-perfect unit. Wife, husband, child. All of it a lie.

I made a new friend at playgroup today. She’s different from the other mothers. She feels like someone I can trust. Someone I can confide in.

But there are some things I can’t tell her. Things I can’t tell anyone.

Because I have a secret that no one else knows. One that still haunts my dreams, wakes me up in a cold sweat at night.

Even another mother would never understand. Unless, of course, she’s hiding something too…

From the bestselling author of The Argument, this utterly addictive psychological thriller will have you hooked from the first page to the final, mind-blowing twist. Fans of Friend Request, The Silent Patient and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to put this down.

No. of pages:- 289 pages

Date published:- will be May 21st 2021

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

What will happen when a playdate turns into a nightmare? Well this is such story. Dani joins in a playdate and meets Adele who also has a daughter named Ivy. Ever since she joined the playdate, Dani has been getting threatening messages from an anonymous and escalated to a point where she was physically harmed. Adele meanwhile is facing abuse from her husband.

The story started a bit slow and was a bit boring. However, towards the end, unexpected twists and turns came into the picture that left me hooked at the end. Though not fast paced in the beginning, the story picked up the momentum in the end. The story is told from the perspectives of Adele and Dani and and the writing was good.

Overall, I give this book as four stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Victoria Jenkins

Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughters in South Wales, where her bestselling series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. The first in the series, The Girls in the Water was a top 5 US Kindle Bestseller and a top 30 UK Kindle Bestseller. She has an MA in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea.

She has since written four psychological thrillers, one of which – The Argument – reached number 17 in the UK Kindle chart. Each thriller has a family at the centre of its story, with ordinary people thrown into extraordinary events. The Playdate – a ‘twisty turny psychological thriller’ about two mothers who meet at their daughters’ play group – is out on pre-order now.

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