Anne Bonny #BlogTour #BookReview The Dead Ex by @JaneCorryAuthor #Psychological #Thriller #NewRelease #TheDeadEx He cheated. He lied. He died.

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The Dead Ex by Jane Corry
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HE CHEATED. HE LIED. HE DIED.

Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

My Review:

The Dead Ex, is a cleverly weaved psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes. There are multiple narratives and I was unsure how they would all fit together. But when the truth is finally revealed it is makes for a dramatic finale.
We follow Vicki an aromatherapist from Cornwall, who comes under police suspicion when her ex-husband goes missing.
What is Vicki’s story? Why is she so evasive with the truth?

‘I love aromatherapy. Its magic is both distracting and calming’

The second narrative is that of Scarlet, a young child. Scarlet’s narrative is written from 2007. We become aware she is living with her mother and that the circumstances aren’t healthy for such a young child. When her mother is arrested, Scarlet enters the foster care system. It is a system that will come to shape her entire existence and being.

The novel jumps between Vicki and Scarlet’s stories. We learn that Vicki’s marriage was one of disaster, married to a cold and distant man. When Vicki is viciously attacked at her workplace, she develops epilepsy. Which calls an abrupt end to her marriage. Her ex, clearly not to big on the whole ‘in sickness and in health’ vow. Scarlet enters the foster care system and we become aware of the wide-range of placements that exist. From abusive and overcrowded to loving and caring. Scarlet rejects all forms of help, her tie to her mother too strong to let go of.

Vicki is an unreliable narrator due to her personal feelings of vengeance towards her husband. You never fully feel comfortable trusting that she is as innocent as she makes out.
Scarlet is an unreliable narrator due to the emotional manipulation she has sustained over her childhood. After all, a child that has emotionally abused, will only grow-up to replicate that behaviour.

The author has done an outstanding job of weaving the two stories and keeping the reader guessing throughout. 4*

JC
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Anne Bonny #BookReview Strangers On A Bridge by @LouiseMangos #Psychological #Thriller #NewRelease @HarperCollins #StrangersOnABridge She should never have saved him. . .

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Strangers On A Bridge by Louise Mangos
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She should never have saved him.

When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.

Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.

In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?

My Review:

Strangers On A Bridge is a clever story of obsession, packed with twists! I can see this being a huge hit for summer readers and a definite one for the beach. It tells the story of Alice Reed, who saves a random stranger from a suicide attempt. Only what Alice doesn’t know yet, is this will be the unravelling of everything she holds dear.

The novel is set in the Swiss alps, which really adds to the setting in terms of background scenery. You can imagine Alice on her morning run, by the Tobel bridge.
It conjures instant images in my mind.
It is at Tobel bridge she first encounters Manfred Guggenbuhl.
She finds him alone and anxious and her training as a psychologist kicks in. . .

“I cannot live with myself any more. I cannot live with who I am, what I do. What I have done’ – Manfred

Immediately Manfred sees Alice as a saviour figure and this is when her trouble begins.
At first it is mild and almost coincidental, Manfred appears desperate to please Alice and prove to her his gratitude. But then he begins to appear everywhere she goes. She feels hounded and harassed. The police won’t listen, her own husband doesn’t seem interested. Alice feels alone and desperate.

‘The only person I could talk to was my Swiss alps GP’ – Alice

Alice turns into her own personal investigator. She becomes determined to get to the bottom of creepy Manfred. His past, his family and his history. She is desperate to understand the man hellbent on ruining her life.

The unravelling of Alice Reed

Alice is without a doubt a memorable character. She is strong-willed and defiant, refusing to allow Manfred to sabotage her future in the Swiss new neighbourhood. What ensues is a battle of wills, who will win and who will lose? 4*

LM
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