Bloodhound Books May 2018
What if your daughter becomes your enemy?
When barmaid, Rachel, discovers her soon-to-be married daughter, Beth, pinned down by a stranger in the pub cellar, Rachel lashes out in panic and the intruder ends up dead. In desperation, Rachel convinces Beth they should cover up the crime and go ahead with the planned wedding in one month’s time.
Rachel, however, has her own reasons for not involving the police.
Hiding their dreadful secret is harder than they both imagined and as the big day approaches and the lies multiply, Beth becomes a liability. Rachel looks on in dismay at the hen party when, after too many drinks Beth declares she’s about to make a special announcement. But before Beth can say a word, she disappears…
When two people share a chilling secret, can both hold their nerve?
This book explores the dark side of a mother-daughter relationship when pushed to the limit.
The premise of this book appealed and intrigued me so it was with delight I was invited to be part of this blog blitz. This book is a wonderfully entertaining piece of fiction best described as domestic noir. Responding to a situation which rapidly became out of hand resulting in murder, Rachel takes control and finds herself quickly enmeshed with her daughter Beth in a web of lies, which threatens to spiral out of control.
Written from the points of view of both Rachel and Beth, the story flows seamlessly detailing Beth’s uncertainty with the situation they are in, plus Rachel’s increasingly controlling and bizarre behaviour to ensure their crime remains undiscovered. The reader is aware from fairly early on that Rachel harbours a secret although it is not until the final pages that the details of this are revealed.
I enjoyed this book in its entirety although the latter part was particularly entertaining culminating in a clever conclusion. At times the story veered towards farcical but this served only to add to the entertainment factor as Rachel took extreme steps to maintain the status quo for herself and her daughter. While not always agreeing with Rachel’s actions I understood her motivation and loved her character, resemblant of a lioness doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter and preserve her future via her ambitious marriage.
A very decent read, fast paced and easy to follow, gleeful in its ability to entertain with a clever and satisfying conclusion.
About the Author
AJ Waines has sold over 450,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks)
Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband.
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This is a Blog Blitz so special thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for providing me with a digital copy of the book via Net Galley.
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