The Bridesmaids – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Bridesmaids

Author:- Victoria Jenkins

No. of pages:- 275 pages

Date published:- will be published on May 23rd 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Holly is getting married, but not before a celebration weekend with her closest friends. After a night of arguments, a body is found floating in the swimming pool of their secluded cottage. Holly must face up to the truth – one of her bridesmaids is a killer, but which one?

New beginnings. Old rivalries.

Best friends. Bad blood.

Five bridesmaids. One body.

WOW!!! This was such a gripping fast-paced psychological thriller!

Holly is getting married and so one of her friends, Martha organizes a party with all Holly’s closest friends. But when a body is discovered by the swimming pool, one of the bridesmaids is the killer…which one of them is the killer? And soon, dirty secrets that has been buried starts resurfacing causing Holly and her friends to mistrust each other…

OK, from the the first chapter to the end, the story was engaging and quite unputdownable! The story is told from the perspectives of three women–Holly, Claire and Suzanne, who was actually invited by Martha herself. They are also having an issue with a teenage girl named Georgia, who is the daughter of one of their friends Toni. As the story progresses, the party which was supposed to be celebrated hugely soon turned into a drama–the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story and making the reader feel like the part of the story. Each of the characters are having secrets and unreliable narrators that we are wondering who is telling the truth. The story shifts back and forth to the present, when the body was discovered and someone was accused of murdering the person and the hours before leading to the discovery of the body where the women cause a stir. The ending was unexpected and towards the ending, there were some twists and turns and the author has manage to keep the fast pace in the story.

Overall, I actually enjoyed this wonderful thriller. If you like a thriller that is fast paced, unputdownable with twists and turns, then this book is one for you–cannot wait to read more from Victoria Jenkins! Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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 is a top 5 US kindle bestseller. She has an MA in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea.

Since the King and Lane series, she has written six psychological thrillers. The latest, The Bridesmaids, is out on May 23rd but is available on pre-order now.


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