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The Prettiest One: A Thriller Kindle Edition
When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years…but it’s all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she’s been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers. Her journey takes her from the safe suburban world she knows to a seedy town she’s never heard of, where a terrible truth from her past lies hidden—a truth she can’t quite remember yet can’t completely forget.
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I don’t want to say too much, as half the fun of this compelling story is discovering Caitlin’s secrets. Caitlin herself is a huge part of what makes this book work. She doesn’t know where she’s been or what she may have done, but she’s determined to find out and face the consequences. Despite the uncertainty, despite the fact that she may be confronted with ugly truths, Caitlin has to know.
And that impulse to question—that urge to peek behind the closet door, shine a flashlight into the shadows, pick up the rock to see what squirming horror might be nestled underneath—is a quality I share with Caitlin. It’s part of why I love reading crime fiction!
Care to join Caitlin and me in kicking over a couple rocks?
- Alison Dasho, Editor
About the Author
Bestselling author James Hankins pursued writing at an early age. After career detours into screenwriting and the law, he recommitted himself to writing fiction. Each of his books has spent time in the Kindle Top 100 and become an Amazon #1 bestseller.
- ASIN : B00TXY7HK0
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (October 1, 2015)
- Publication date : October 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1880 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 402 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #316,948 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this well-written and fascinating novel, The Prettiest One, author James Hankins tells the story of a mysterious and troubling life that Caitlin doesn’t remember. She and Josh learn things that put them and some new acquaintances in grave danger. The suspense is palpable during the entire novel, and there are surprises at every turn. This is not the regular “amnesia” tale, and there are some interesting psychological things that are happening to Caitlin that seem to be feasible and well-researched. The book will grab readers immediately, and will be very difficult to put down. Things are not as they seem in this novel, and there are some very unsavory characters who are stalking Caitlin because of an incident that happened to her when she was just five years old.
Even though the book is fascinating and is definitely worth reading, there are a couple of issues that are not explained, and they leave the reader in the dark. These are not major issues, and readers will be satisfied when finished, but will be left hanging a little as to whatever happened to the other victims who were with Caitlin when she was five.
The bottom line is that this is a very enjoyable novel; it’s fast moving, well-written, and unique. Thriller lovers will want to put this title on their must-read list.
Caitlin Sommers who is also Katherine Southard. The main protagonist is a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder). The story begins with her in a fugue state, 7 months of her life missing due to amnesia caused by her mental disorder. She is wandering around a warehouse parking lot, blood on her clothes and a dead body in the warehouse. Convinced that she killed the man, she tries to discover her lost memories while being hunted down by both bad guys and the boogieman in her dreams. At the same time, the police are trying to investigate the murder and her.
Josh Sommers is the man Caitlin Sommers is married to. She had left him angry after a fight for unknown reasons only to disappear for 7 months and then show up again after being presumed dead.
Desmond Bixby or Bix is the fiance of Caitlin's other personality, Katherine Southard. He knows "Katie" as a much wilder, seedier woman. Together with Josh, her husband, he helps Katie in her search for the truth.
Charlotte Hunnsaker is the detective trying to find the identity of the dead body and who killed him.
Mike Bookerman is a bad guy who is also dead but the characters don't know this in the beginning.
Chops is another bad guy who uses a persona of a successful building contractor when he is not killing people.
This psychological thriller is not the usual "what is going to happen next," edge-of-your-seat story. Rather, it is based on the personality of Caitlin Sommers seeking to discover what has already happened with the help of both her husband, Josh, and her fiance, Bix. The book is well edited and the author, James Hankins, has an excellent writing style. My main criticism is that he begins the book with some unrealistic premises and actions. Other reviewers comment on this. I was put off by the unrealistic reactions of the characters in the beginning but kept reading to discover that the story does become more interesting.
This is a book that you will either really like or really hate. If you enjoy a well-written thriller that doesn't use a detective or lawyer as the main character but is still a crime book, this book is for you. If more realistic personalities and actions are important to you, pass this book on by.