Netta Newbound weaves an intricate web of intrigue in her thriller. Disturbing events take place when Hannah moves to the city and falls for her hotty boss.
Wow, what dark places your mind has explored to bring us this captivating and chilling psychological thriller! The Watcher left me in shock – and Netta Newbound: if I’m losing any sleep tonight it is because of you! It seems to be a romantic novel: sweet country girl Hannah moves to the city because of her promotion. Her new boss Max is hot, her neighbours are the ones she becomes friends with instantly. Life is good! Or so it seems until disturbing events happen …
Redhead Hannah has recently moved to Manchester because of her job promotion – and has been so lucky to find an apartment for herself and a dream boss. Off limits, of course! Hannah welcomes the move from home to stand on her own two feet and have her own apartment. Neighbours Simon on the one and Diane on the other side could not have been nicer and the three of them become great friends. No worries in the world, you would think. But then her gym bag goes missing and reappears but Hannah senses something strange going on: these are not her clothes and she is sure she did not misplace her bag. She finds herself a bargain: a black dress with a fault. Back from the cleaner, the fault in the dress has mysteriously disappeared and the dress looks and feels as new. Then Angela, the woman who hired her and her boss’s right-hand snaps at her. And slowly Hannah is not so sure about her luck anymore.
The reader is aware of the man who had abducted a woman 17 years ago. In the current days, there is Don the security man who sets eyes upon Hannah and is overwhelmed by her beauty. Don is excited Hannah is going to be a regular with the firm. The fact that she does not recognise him immediately the second time they meet is a disappointment for Don. Still, he can wait and whatever happens, “if he couldn’t have her – no other fucker would.” It sounds like a threat and a threat it is. Then the first violent and gruesome murder is committed. And the next. The police have no idea what is happening right under their noses. Even more disturbing, is the fact that Don gradually becomes unhinged and his killer instincts almost uncontrollable. What follows is a nerve-racking and frightful series of events of which Hannah is barely aware but the pattern of which is only too clear to us, the readers, as we witness the horrors unfolding before us.
What an intricate web Netta Newbound weaves! Appearances are deceiving and this psychological thriller is no exception to the rule. Some chapters read like a romance but it is most definitely not! It feels as if the sinister Prologue has nothing to do with the plot but of course, it does. Netta Newbound draws us cunningly into Hannah’s life with parts that feel like a sweet romance turning out to be the ultimate macabre love story! Be prepared because you will be shocked have difficulty believing what happens. I like the author’s writing style and the way she gently takes the reader by the hand – and keeps a firm hold of it, not letting go until the very last words. We, the readers, are only too aware of what is happening. I read the book in one session as it was so captivating; I simply had to know how it would end. The writing style is great and entertaining, the characters are true to life. In my eyes a fabulous thriller!
About the Author
Netta Newbound is a British author born in Manchester, yes the place where this psychological thriller takes place. Now she lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and three delicious grandchildren. As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home. Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.
|Publisher||Bloodhound Books (1 Feb. 2017)|