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Title: The End of Her
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Bantam Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Thank you to Bantam Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in the exchange for an honest review as part of The End of Her Blog Tour!
Plot Outline: It starts with a shocking accusation…
Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she knows for certain – she has everything she ever wanted.
Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a shocking accusation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident – but she says it was murder. He insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt.
But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake? How will it end?
My Review: This book was so gripping, I was hooked from the moment I started and I ended up reading this book within a day! As I turned each page, the suspense and thrill was just building up … I had to find the answers!
From the beginning, I felt sympathy for Stephanie in being a first time mum with twins, going through the exhaustion of hardly any sleep, to having endless problems thrown at her throughout. I can only imagine how it must have felt when Erica turned up telling her about Patrick’s first wife and the circumstances of her death, and how conveniently Patrick was only after her for her money. However, from the way Shari writes, you were constantly guessing whether Erica did it, or Patrick did it, was it a mistake?
When Patrick gets put on trail for the murder of his previous wife, it is clear that Stephanie is unsure whether the believe the facts presented or her husband. After her husband comes home, Stephanie decides to take the matter into her own hands… Who killed Patrick and Erica?
Without a doubt, this has to be one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read this year!
Characters – I love the way all the characters of the book were set up. You go into the book, and get a glimpse into the present day lives of all those involved – from the main characters to their work associates, the adopted parents, the neighbours. As you go through the book, and the plot starts to thicken, more characters are brought in to develop and deepen each momentous chapter.
About The Author:
Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. Her debut thriller, The Couple Next Door, was a global bestseller, the bestselling fiction title in the UK in 2017, and has been optioned for television. Her thrillers A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest and Someone we Know were all Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers. The End of Her is her fifth thriller.
The End of Her is available on Amazon.
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Happy Reading, x