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The One You Love (Emma Holden Suspense Mystery Trilogy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Pilkington
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,678 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Emma Holden's nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family is hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again.

Full of twists, turns and cliff-hangers, The One You Love is the first novel in the Emma Holden suspense mystery trilogy. This fast-paced romantic suspense mystery has been downloaded over three million times, and has spent over two and a half years in the UK and US Kindle top 100 free chart, reaching number one in both countries and spending one full month there in the UK (July-August 2011). In 2014 it reached number 1 in the official UK paperback "Heat seekers" Chart.

Outside North America the Emma Holden trilogy is published by the international publisher, Hodder and Stoughton (Hachette). The version here has been professionally copy edited and is identical to that published by Hachette in the UK and elsewhere. This addresses issues relating to grammar and spelling, as mentioned in early reviews. The novel uses British English spelling and grammar, so there are differences to US English (for example: favour, colour, grey, organise, rather than favor, color, gray, organize).

"It's rare to find a thriller writer who can simultaneous propel us readers forward at a breakneck pace and yet engage our minds as we unravel puzzles brilliantly seeded through the story. Pilkington does just this. The One You Love will captivate and keep you up nights." Jeffery Deaver, internationally bestselling author of the Lincoln Rhyme novels.

OUT NOW ON KINDLE:

The One You Fear (Emma Holden trilogy book 2), named as one of the Best Kindle Books of 2013 (Editors' choice on UK Kindle Store). Newly expanded into a full length novel of 60,000 words.

The One You Trust (Emma Holden book 3). The gripping finale to the bestselling trilogy. A full length novel of 70,000 words.

Paul's other suspense mystery, Someone to Save You, is also available on Kindle. Praise for Someone to Save You:

"An excellent read which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to all lovers of thrillers." (four stars, Amazon.co.uk)

"...fast-paced and intricately plotted...the lead character Sam Becker is a likable, convincing protagonist." (five stars, Amazon.co.uk)

"I loved this one! A super novel which kept me up at night! Did not want to put it down until I'd read the next chapter, so much sleep lost!" (five stars, Amazon.co.uk)

"Seriously, my co-workers were laughing at me as I came back from a break this morning because I was still staring at my phone (with Kindle app) as I walked down the hall back to my desk. I just could not stop reading. Very suspenseful, so much so, that I'm sorry I've finished it." (five stars, Amazon.com)

Find out more about Paul's writing:

Like him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulpilkingtonauthor
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulpilkington
Visit his website: www.paulpilkington.com

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  • Editorial Reviews

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    It's rare to find a thriller writer who can simultaneous propel us readers forward at a breakneck pace and yet engage our minds as we unravel puzzles brilliantly seeded through the story. Pilkington does just this. The One You Love will captivate and keep you up nights. Jeffery Deaver

    About the Author

    Paul has been writing regularly for over twelve years and has had material broadcast on BBC radio and ITV television, as well as being long listed for the 2004 London Book Fair Lit Idol competition. He was inspired to write his first suspense mystery, The One You Love, through his love of novels such as those by Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, Nicci French and Thomas H Cook. His aim is to create fast-paced, twisting and turning fiction that both stirs the emotions and is hard to put down. Find out more about Paul's writing: Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulpilkington Like him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulpilkingtonauthor Visit his website: www.paulpilkington.com

    Product Details

    • File Size: 779 KB
    • Print Length: 324 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004YDSL9Q
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    594 of 625 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars just okay July 16, 2011
    By shira46
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is very readable because it was well written but I wasn't crazy about it. It's a long, slow moving psychological thriller. This could be a matter of taste, so I'm talking to readers like me who prefer faster paced action. This one just keeps going on and on about mysterious characters and oblique references to dark secrets in the past. There were many times when I was saying, "get on with it and make something happen."

    I didn't find any of the characters appealing, especially the main character, Emma. She comes across as weak and insipid and does really stupid things, like going alone into a dark basement with a smell of decomposition, or turning down the acting role of a lifetime because the casting director won't tell her who referred her to him. The author may have been trying to show her reaction to the stress she was under but I just found it annoying.

    Kept reading waiting for what I was sure was going to be a sucker punch ending, and I didn't figure out who did it beforehand, but by the end I just didn't care.
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    131 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    By Reiser
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is not the worst book I've read, but really, pretty bad. I am surprised I didn't put it down and just give up. Perhaps I wanted a confirmation of who I guessed the culprit was, but really, it dragged on and on with a mish mosh of conversations questioning what happened to dear old Dan.

    Don't waste your time if you can help it. I downloaded it because it was free. I have had some luck with freebies before. No such luck here.
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    520 of 593 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Please learn English August 2, 2011
    By Maeve
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Are most of these Kindle freebies self-published dreck? This was god-awful rubbish. The author doesn't know the difference between the words "exasperate" and "exacerbate" and kept using the latter in contexts that might have been humorous if I had not been so utterly disgusted with this waste of time. ("She was so exacerbated with the situation...") There is an occasional well-written gem in the freebie pile, but this isn't one of them.
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    86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much February 6, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Poorly written. Hard to get past the lack of proofreading and editing. The story felt forced and choppy and the characters were poorly developed.
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    218 of 255 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For October 12, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I paid zero for this book. That is what it is worth. Poorly defined characters, poorly constructed plot and atrocious grammar sprinkled throughout the entire book. A waste of time and energy holding up the Kindle.
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    68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars time i can't get back March 21, 2012
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    I started this several weeks ago but couldn't seem to get involved. I started from the beginning today, read 20% and deleted it entirely. No character development at that stage of the game is not worth my time. I need to know my characters well enough to either like or dislike them. I scarcely knew their ages much less what they were all about. Two hours of my life I can't get back!
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    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Love _The One You Love_ December 31, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I gave this book two stars because it was free. If I'd had to pay for it, I would have given it only one. I got the Kindle version, which may have been part of the reason it was hard to follow. Usually, when an author makes a big switch in character or time, he or she will use a large enough "white space" to signal the switch, and with the Kindle version the white space may have been eliminated when the file was converted into the digital format, so I tried to keep that in mind as I read.

    The white space would have been helpful because there were a lot of shifts that were hard to follow. The narrator was talking about "he" doing or saying something, then a few lines later he was again talking about "he" doing or saying something, but it was a different "he" being discussed. I found this technique confusing and very frustrating. Several times I had to go back and read passages over again to figure out if the story was about the same character or if it had shifted to another.

    The author made an attempt at creating complex characters and storylines, but he fell short in reaching his goal.

    A good mystery/suspense should keep the reader guessing and even lead him to suspect the wrong person first. After all, who wants to figure out the mystery from the very beginning? However, the reader should not feel manipulated and the unraveling of the mystery should be logical. In this case, I felt like the solution to the mystery was contrived and unbelievable.

    As I was reading, I kept thinking that the book must have been self-published and suffered from a lack of an editor. One or two grammatical errors can be forgiven, but _The One You Love_ had one or two DOZEN grammatical errors, which I find very distracting.

    I have to disagree with the reviewers who said the book was well-written. In my opinion, character development was poor, and the storyline was hard to follow.
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    166 of 202 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Tasty Treat January 12, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A simple enough recipe- take one disappearing fiancé, one reappearing ex-boyfriend, one resurfacing celebrity stalker, one brother with a troubled heart, one father who previously disappointed his children and a best friend who is too good to be true. Mix together, toss lightly, and enjoy.

    Just when you think you know where this story is going the author skillfully throws a sneaky curve and slams you sideways. This is a true roller coaster ride complete with swift twists and jerking turns. For those who enjoy who dunnit mysteries, this one is served with meat. Well done. May I have another?
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of all time
    At first I just chose this cuz it was free and I like mysteries, but I really love this book. I've read other reviews that said the grammar and stuff like that is really bad. Read more
    Published 1 hour ago by Rylie294
    3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay
    Its good reading
    Published 7 hours ago by Sumit
    1.0 out of 5 stars The book could be interesting but....
    The book had a great idea it's just that the writer was just that he didn't become part of the story he just told it. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
    A real human nature story. Mystery and mistakes. From the beginning you need to find out what is happening and where it will lead. Read more
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Never finished it.
    Published 1 day ago by Johnie Collins
    4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting 1st installment
    A good Little suspense story which left me wanting to read the next installment.
    Published 2 days ago by Vonny M
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
    Loved it book kept me wondering they the whole story I couldn't put it down when I was reading it can't wait to red the second one
    Published 2 days ago by Bessie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very intrieging and captivating.
    Published 3 days ago by kgreer
    3.0 out of 5 stars read all 3
    Good book, but you have to read all 3 books in the series to get final closure
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Can't wait to read the next one!
    Published 4 days ago by swaggytoocool
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    Paul Pilkington is from England. He is the author of the Emma Holden suspense mystery trilogy, which has topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The first novel in the trilogy, The One You Love, has been downloaded over three million times, and has spent over two and a half years in the UK and US Kindle top 100 free chart, reaching number one in both countries. The bestselling second book in the series, The One You Fear, was named as one of the Best Kindle Books of 2013 (Editors' choice in the UK Kindle Store). The final instalment, The One You Trust, was released in December 2013.

    In the UK during 2014, the Emma Holden trilogy was published in ebook and paperback by Hodder and Stoughton (Hachette). The One You Love subsequently hit number one in the UK paperback Heat Seekers Chart.

    With his trademark twists, turns, and cliff-hangers, Paul is also the author of standalone suspense mystery Someone to Save You, which is also a worldwide bestseller.


    Find out more about Paul's writing:

    Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulpilkington

    Like him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulpilkingtonauthor

    Visit his website: www.paulpilkington.com

    Join his New Book Release Mailing List and receive a free copy of his book "Emma Holden and Me": http://eepurl.com/Rp7zH [copy and paste the URL into your browser]

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