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The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot @Eliot_Laura @bookouture #BookReview(

Happy weekend bookworms!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour and share my review with you for this dark domestic thriller! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Laura Elliot for her compelling story🖤

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One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.

And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone.

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist.

My Thoughts

4 compelling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a captivating, page turning, dark, and disturbing read….

This book starts off reading like a romance… Elena is grieving the death of her mother so when she meets Nicholas who is grieving the death of his wife she feels as though she has found a kindred spirit…. Nick is compassionate and understanding… he is exactly what Elena needs to get herself through the grieving period… they have a whirlwind romance and soon Elena has moved in with Nick… but what is up with the locked bedroom door???

Nick and this book are not as they first appear to be… Nick turns into a monster, and this book turns into a thriller filled with twists and turns and secrets… I thought this was a very impactful way to begin this book… we the Readers are lured in and fooled by Nick right along with Elena… however, if you are not a fan of romance it might put you off a little so hang in there the thrills are coming!

Told from the perspective of both Elena and Amelia(Nick’s deceased wife)… from alternating timelines of the past and present… not only do we get to see Elena struggle to survive in her abusive marriage and after… we also get to see that this is a pattern with Amelia’s story… Amelia was tremendously likable and relatable so her story really added a lot of weight to Elena’s struggles… as she was not quite as empathetic a character… not sure if this was done on purpose or not, but it was definitely impactful….

As the pieces to this puzzle were slowly revealed I became more and more connected to both of these women… as a warning to readers there is both verbal and physical abuse in this book and it is quite disturbing…. The book evoked quite a bit of emotion in me… I was frustrated, angry, sad, tents, and a little anxious…. I have to say the ending to this book although a bit predictable was absolutely perfect…

Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a dark domestic thriller with plenty of twists and turns….

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

Buy Links:

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11794515_1016818051692415_2022291685984366897_oAbout the author:

Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist who writes psychological thrillers and lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her novels are: The Wife Before Me, Guilty, Sleep Sister, The Betrayal, Fragile Lies, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor.

For more details check http://lauraelliotauthor.com/
https://twitter.com/Elliot_Laura
https://www.facebook.com/lauraelliotauthor/

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Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon @pbadixon @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Thrilled to be on the blog tour and share with you my review for this extremely compelling book! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Patricia Dixon for her dark story.🖤

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Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Sounds simple? It isn’t.

When Freya falls for the manipulative Kane, her life changes beyond her wildest imagination. When the luxurious life she craves gradually becomes intolerable she realises escape is out of reach. Her life has changed and so has she.

She knows that when she least expects it, he will return and make good his promise to exact revenge and ensure she pays the price he fell he is owed.

Can Freya ever be free?

Whoever knew love could be so dangerous.

Following Freya from her carefree twenties up to the present day, Over My Shoulder is an intricate tale of blinkered love and obsession.

My Thoughts

This was a well done, compelling, and dark story… this is not a love story this is a survival story…. last couple weeks I have read three books that all dealt with domestic abuse and one way or another…. three very smart strong women getting involved with the wrong man… what I appreciated about all three of these books was the fact that they emphasize the fact that it could happen to anybody and it wasn’t as easy as just “leaving“…. as I mentioned in a previous review I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for many years and so all three of these books spoke to me on a very personal level… I appreciate that this topic has had more light shed on it recently. it will start dialogue, and it will make people realize that they should not blame the victim…. it is my hope that somebody in this situation reads one of these books and realizes that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel….

Freya meats Cane and he seems like the perfect guy, but things aren’t always as they seem…. as in most situations like this the abuse and control slowly escalated until Freya found herself trapped in a very abusive relationship…. this book was tough to read and made me feel very uncomfortable at times… Freya was such a fighter so I was determined to fight my way through these pages…. I think the fact that the author made me feel everything right along with Freya definitely says something about her writing….

It’s hard to say that I enjoyed this book, but I am extremely glad I read it…. The characters were extremely well developed, some of them I liked, a lot of them I hated…. The pace of this book was perfect and the last three or four chapters were extremely intense…. I felt as though I was holding my breath….

Recommend when you are in the mood for a darker compelling story that touches on some very important issues….

Patricia+DixonAuthor Bio:

Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog.

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.

She is currently writing her next book, a murderous tale set in the sixties and if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.

Links:

Author Page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patricia-Dixon/e/B00I1YV2RM/refntt_dp_epwbk_0

Twitter:  @pbadixon

Email:  dixon.patricia@icloud.com

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