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The One You Love (Emma Holden suspense mystery trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Pilkington
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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 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).

Outside North America the Emma Holden trilogy is published by Hodder and Stoughton (Hachette).

"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.

This edition has been professionally copy-edited. Those readers who purchased the previous edition can receive the update by contacting Kindle Support.


The One You Fear (Emma Holden trilogy book 2), recently 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,

" and intricately plotted...the lead character Sam Becker is a likable, convincing protagonist." (five stars,

"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,

"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,

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About the Author

Paul Pilkington has had material broadcast on BBC radio and ITV television, and was long listed for the 2004 London Book Fair Lit Idol competition. In 2004, Paul was inspired to write his first suspense mystery, The One You Love, through his love of emotional mystery thrillers, 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 stirs the emotions. His latest mystery suspense thriller, Someone to Save You, was released in 2011. The One You Fear (sequel to The One You Love), will be published in December 2012. Find out more about Paul's writing: Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulpilkington Like him on Facebook: Visit his website:

Product Details

  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YDSL9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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518 of 547 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay July 16, 2011
By shira46
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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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453 of 523 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please learn English August 2, 2011
By Maeve
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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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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
By Reiser
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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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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much February 6, 2012
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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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180 of 215 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For October 12, 2011
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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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158 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tasty Treat January 12, 2012
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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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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of Time August 16, 2011
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Is it possible to rate a book as less than one? Even free, this thing was overpriced! Insipid characters, no scene separation, and a convoluted plot with no real excitement. I would think it was written for teenagers but that would be an insult to teenagers.
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48 of 56 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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More About the Author


THE ONE YOU TRUST - The thrilling conclusion to the Emma Holden suspense mystery trilogy.

THE ONE: THE COMPLETE EMMA HOLDEN SUSPENSE MYSTERY TRILOGY. All three books in a single volume at a special low price.

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, has been 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 will be published in ebook and paperback by Hodder and Stoughton (Hachette), beginning in February with the release of The One You Love.

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:

Visit his website:

Join his New Book Release Mailing List:

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