Digital Reads Reviews

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This book was so bloody brilliant! It was the ending which left me tingling all over and caused my soul to shudder. The shock of the story which culminated at the last page had me struggling to take a breath. So much of the story made sense now.

After the death of her husband Mark, Tessie was shattered. She went into depression and was barely surviving. Only her son Jamie kept her alive, she lived only for him. Then came Shelley a grief counselor, and Tess started depending on her… Maybe… A bit too much.

Strange things happened, people following her, calls from unknown numbers and hang-ups, missing items, rifled papers. Her brother-in-law Ian too started troubling her about a loan which Mark had supposedly taken. Everything got to her, and she knew she needed to take action… And she did… A knife to the stomach and the story unravelled.

Initially, I found myself feeling sorry for Tess, her grief touched me immensely, then I got irritated by her when she depended too much on a virtual stranger. Then as she started taking steps, I started tapping my kindle constantly. Pages flew till the explosive end which completely shredded me apart.

My first book by author Lauren North, and I was completely hoodwinked by the plot. Every line in the book sucked me deeper into the story. The trail of red herrings laid down were so perfect that I rushed down those lanes trying to be a top-notch Detective.

There I was thinking I had the clues down pat and had weaved the story perfectly without realizing that I was dealing with a master storyteller who had trapped me into a thriller-y web. Well played, Ms. North. I was truly checkmated by you. One thought wandered through my mind the whole night -—how wicked the pathways of your brain cells must be to write this maze of a book. It was a perfect psychological thriller which completely messed up my mind.

I received an ARC from Emma and publisher Transworld, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Lauren North writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and from her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation. Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside.



After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope.

When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is understanding and kind, and promises she can help Tess through the hardest time of her life.

But when a string of unsettling events happens and questions arise over her husband’s death, Tess starts to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but she’s at her most vulnerable, and that’s a dangerous place to be . . .

Publication Date: 14th March 2019

Publisher: Transworld

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43 Responses

  1. Your choice of words in the reviews really goes under the skin, my dear Shalini! Like the needle of an infusion. You become directly addicted to read the books as well. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

  2. Woohoooooo! We’re so on the same page about this one! It was so good! And like you, I felt sorry for Tess… before wanting to shake her for trusting a stranger so easily. But sometimes when we need someone, it’s easier to rely on someone who wasn’t part of our previous life. Fabulous review! x

    1. I agree, I too share with strangers more. But Meggy, she had a child so mothers are generally more careful then… Hence I was irritated with her… 😂 😂

  3. OMG, another 5 star review. This one also sounds like a winner and one that I would enjoy. Awesome review Shalini. I love those endings that blow you away.

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