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The Girl She Wanted: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist Paperback – October 19, 2020
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What if my sister is unstable and everyone can see it but me? What was she really doing standing over Florence’s cot in the middle of the night?
Alexa has always looked up to her older sister Carrie. Carrie lives in Alexa’s family home, and adores her one-year-old niece Florence. Alexa doesn’t know how they would cope without her. So when Carrie is suspended from her job as a senior nurse, accused of the most terrible crime, Alexa reels in disbelief. Alexa knows how caring Carrie is, and as she watches Florence gurgling and cooing whenever Carrie is around, she knows her little girl is in safe hands.
Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie. He wants her out of the house, unable to ignore what people are saying about her. But when he suggests that Carrie could be a danger to their daughter, Alexa shuts him out. Nobody will ever come between her and her sister.
Then Florence is hurt while in Carrie’s care and Alexa at last starts to wonder. Alexa has always wanted to protect Carrie from the past they have hidden. But does Alexa know what Carrie wants? And will the secret that has kept the sisters together now destroy her little girl?
A completely gripping rollercoaster of a read about the darkness families hide behind closed doors. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will be hooked on The Girl She Wanted.
Readers are loving The Girl She Wanted:
‘A brilliant, gripping thriller that keeps you reading and wondering until the end. The characters were fantastic. the plot tense and enthralling, and the twists and turns made the book just brilliant. I can't recommend this book enough, another amazing book from K. L. Slater.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An excellent domestic thriller! The characters were well drawn and the storyline flowed seamlessly. The mystery kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Loved this , as usual . You know what your getting with a K L Slater and i really wasn't disappointed . Some good twists and turns and as usual an excellent , fast paced , packed read.’ Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Another excellent psychological thriller by one of my favourite authors KL Slater. Great characters, addictive plot, suspense and lots of twists and turns.’ Worcester Source
‘My jaw was dropped… hope that everyone is going to enjoy it as much as I did’ Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Readers are loving K.L. Slater:
‘Oh. My. Goodness. What a book!… It kept me awake when I should have been asleep… I couldn’t put it down!… Kept me hanging onto every single word… I just needed to know what happened.’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WOW WOW WOW!!! What a fantastic book!! I couldn't put this one down… I love this author and this book blew me away, the best yet from her!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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- Publisher : Bookouture (October 19, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1838889329
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838889326
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.83 x 7.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,329 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
- #4,827 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
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There's Social Services, a previous lost child for the couple, the current baby girl being hurt while in the sisters care, husband wanting sister to leave, wife wanting her to stay, husband believes she's guilty, wife believes she's innocent.
Oh Boy! The drama just doesn't stop! And NO, those aren't even the spoilers! Believe me! There's much, much more in this hard to put down read!
I highly recommend you grab a copy on the quick!!
The story teeters, from one suspect to the next, which kept me constantly at the edge of my seat. So many twists and turns. The ending, however, was a bit disappointing. After such a suspenseful ride, I expected more. I wanted a big bang, but I didn't get it.
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But Alexa’s loyalties are well and truly divided. Her sister has been there for her through thick and thin all her life. But Perry, her husband, is the man she’s chosen to spend the rest of her life with and have a gorgeous baby girl with. I couldn’t help but sympathise with this mixed up woman struggling to make sense of the events going on around. And that before you consider the blow to her confidence that motherhood has dealt; unable to leave the house with her daughter unless Carrie or Perry are by her side.
I have to mention the location. With Nottingham being the backdrop for this tense psychological thriller brought a warm and fuzzy to me. I’m a Nottingham girl originally so the references to familiar locations around the city and its suburbs was great for me.
The Girl She Wants is a thriller that made me chase my tail as I read. I wanted to be Alexa having that confidence in Carrie’s innocence but as I read the police based chapters the doubt crept in. As Alexa’s doubt grew so did my own… but then boom that climax … that was not what I expected in the slightest!!
I’m ashamed to say this is my first novel by K.L. Slater despite me having a number in my kindle. Fortunately for me, I loved The Girl She Wanted so I can’t wait to dive into another Slater creation when my TBR allows.
What does the title mean?
Why did Perry's work crew turn potentially violent towards him?
Why was there not a back-up borehole expert?
What hospital has nurses working a 9-5 shift?
How did the bereaved daughter obtain the doctor's address, or even suspect him?
And so on.
Further spoiler: the twist is not so much jaw-dropping as utterly ludicrous.
The plot was reasonable but the characters were shallow and cliched and the story plodded on getting worser and worse
By the end I was skimming the pages just to see who killed who and why
When compared to the authors previous books this might have been written by someone completely different and not at all talented , hopefully the next book will be up to standard