Author: Amanda Robson
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: 19th April, 2018
Publisher: AvonBookUK ~ HarperCollins
Cover Design: Black Sheep
Your sister. Her secret. The betrayal.
When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who stabbed who? And which one is now the woman behind the bars?
Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface?
As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is: who?
This gripping new thriller is the hotly-anticipated second novel from one of our most exciting new writing talents. Amanda’s debut novel, Obsession, was a number 1 bestseller in the iBooks charts on its release in summer 2017, and went on to sell over 75,000 copies. It became one of the UK’s bestselling psychological thrillers of the year, with the Daily Mail calling it ‘one of the most compelling debuts of the year.’
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She presses a tea towel to her wound to try to stem the blood, but it is gushing, insistent. The harder she presses the more it pushes back. She cannot look at her sister, at her clammy, staring eyes. A siren grinds into her mind. Louder. Louder. Her eyes are transfixed by repetitive flashing lights. The doorbell rings and she feels as if she is moving through mercury as she steps to answer it. To open the door with a trembling hand – a hand that smells like a butcher’s shop. Three police officers stand in front of her: two men, one woman.
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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF
This is the author’s second published book. I have read her debut novel Obsession and although this book has a very different feel to it both are the same, you just can’t put it down.
Non-identical twins Zara and Miranda have a very close relationship as expected with twins. Miranda is the smarter one and aced her way through school and is now working as an accountant. Zara is the more sociable and likeable one and couldn’t care less about academics but more inclined to art. Zara moved in with Miranda when she decided to change her life’s direction and went to art school. Miranda is the stronger one and Zara is more vulnerable, sensitive and has psychological issues. Everything changed when Zara met Sebastian, the man who will affect their lives forever.
This dark read grips you right from the start. Although this author’s writing style is a bit different than the others I’ve read, her storyline is always riveting. She has a knack for creating main characters that you love to hate, heroines that are tenacious and resilient, antagonists you would love to get your hands on and do some serious harm. Every chapter is like peeling an onion, each layer reveals the character’s vulnerability, darkness and motives. During the courtroom drama we get to meet Theo, another character in this tragic tale. Is he a good guy or a bad guy?
Written in alternating points of view of the three main characters switching from past to present, their inner thoughts draw you in and make you turn the page, dying to find out what happens next. I expected/wanted this book to be darker though and I must say that the epilogue was a bit anti-climactic for me. I wanted a wicked and twisted ending but maybe that’s just me. A great read for those who want something different from the usual romance novels.
After graduating, Amanda Robson worked in medical research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Poisons Unit at Guy’s Hospital where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning. After having her two sons, Amanda stayed at home to bring up her family.
In 2011, Amanda attended the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course and now writes full-time. She lives in London and Wales, with her lawyer husband, one–eyed dog and unfriendly cat. Her two sons, also lawyers, have more or less, fled the nest. Her debut novel, Obsession, hit the Kindle top 100 in May 2017, staying there for weeks, and reached number 1 on iBooks. It has sold over 75,000 copies to date.
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