Author:- Natalie Barelli
No. of pages:- 318 pages
Date published:- will be published on July 26th 2022
Genre:- Psychological Thriller
Your ex-wife didn’t leave you because of me. She didn’t abandon her little girl because of a couple of love notes in your jeans pocket. She left because she’s twisted, and she wanted to punish you. And she’s not finished yet. You have to believe me. If you don’t, there’s no knowing what she’ll do next…
Becoming a stepmother is the best thing that ever happened to me. My favorite part of every day is picking Charlie up from school, watching her little rucksack bounce behind her as she skips over for a hug. I love the feel of those thin freckled arms around my waist. After a few rocky months of panic attacks when her mother deserted her, Charlie is flourishing. But the day Charlie’s mother Bronwyn returns without warning—showering Charlie with gifts and making promises she can’t keep—fear ripples through me.
When I raise my concerns, no one wants to listen. I know I sound like the jealous new wife, but nothing is more important to me than Charlie’s safety. Me and Bronwyn have history. We both have dark secrets in our past, and I know the dangerous lengths she will go to get what she wants.
But Bronwyn doesn’t know me as well as I know her.
She doesn’t know just how far I will go to protect that little girl…
So this is a good psychological thriller which the ending will actually give you creeps.
Laura has been taking care of Charlie who is her fiance’s child from his first marriage. But when Charlie’s mother suddenly turns up, Laura feels threatened. when Bronwyn comes back into their lives again. Meanwhile, she suspected Summer, the new intern working at the museum where Laura is working might be having an affair with Jack.
The first part was slightly boring but then towards the middle of the book, it got interesting, when both Laura’s and Bronwyn’s true nature of relationship is revealed. I do like that the story is told from Laura’s perspective, making the reader truly believe what Laura is saying or if Laura is an unreliable narrator. The ending felt like you are watching a movie that will make you at the edge of your seat–it was really unpredictable and not expected!
Overall, if you like a good psychological thriller which will put you at the edge of the seat like a drama between two women, then this book is one for you–worth four stars!
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.
Natalie Barelli can usually be found reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a psychological thriller. When not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Natalie loves cooking, enjoys riding her Vespa around town and otherwise spends far too much time at the computer. She lives in Australia, with her family.
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