My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Where do I start with this?
I am always apprehensive when starting an unknown authors debut novel. I know they are waiting with bated breath to read what you think. Well, I was READING with bated breath. This truly is an awesome read. I read it in one day.
I have been sitting waiting to write my review until the author made the it word perfect, she has given the best of the best inside and outside her book. She cares how she presents it, and it shows.
Mary is only 14 years old. She is kidnapped, she undergoes and witnesses some terrible mind splintering crimes. She is rescued just in time but of course, think of the impact on her. Aweful, terrible and something in her mind forever.
Her family are very close and they decide to move away, start afresh. BUT as soon as things seem to be plodding along nicely she starts to receive notes and roses. Now this is where I got to know where the author got her title from. I'm a sucker for a good cover and the title fitting in, its one of the things I kinda pay attention to. I don't know why.
Are the notes part of her past? Is it linked or is this something else entirely.
I can tell you this much, it did keep me reading, flicking my Kindle wanting to get to the next chapter, then the next chapter, alas it did keep me up until the wee early hours until I finished it.
Its a gripping tale, and I have been very very VERY lucky with debut novels so far this year that I haven't read one that I haven't enjoyed.
This author is someone I will be following as I love her style.
I have grown children now, but it sure brings out the 'Mother' in you to grab your kids and protect them.
Thank you to the author for indulging me in your lovely psychological thriller, it was a pleasure to read.
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Mary Elizabeth Grange, also known as Beth to her friends, is little more than a child when she is noticed.. Her lanky, developing body and her childlike ways do nothing to dissuade his hungry eyes and his needy imagination. She glides through life happily, doing what happy teenagers do, but to him she becomes everything. Every flip of her long curly ebony hair, every smile, every gesture speaks to him as he quietly moves in the shadows, for no one ever sees him. His small, inconsequential world narrows even further, real life recedes. Fantasy, like a blazing fire consumes him. Then their worlds collide in one brutal and obscene act as he brazenly flings reality aside and allows the delusions to totally devour him. Her world destroyed, Beth must fight for her very sanity. Then at the farthest end of her nightmare and many miles away, happiness and love are finally within her reach. Much to her bemusement, she starts to receive flowers from a secret admirer. Things start to take on a darker tone and she senses anything but affection from the gifts being left to her. But how can this be related in anyway to the vicious serial killer in her home state who is killing women that look so much like her? The answers will only be attained if she dares to fight the biggest battle of her life