She Lies Hidden: a spell-binding psychological suspense thriller Kindle Edition
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About the Author
C.M. Stephenson grew up amongst the villages and moorlands of Lancashire. In 1974 she took a train to Cornwall and never moved back.
Her professional background includes human resource management, personality profiling and training and development. She is a qualified executive and corporate coach.
In 2008, she and husband started a brand new life in South Gloucestershire.
She studied creative writing with Open University and has an MA Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her work was included in the Sparks Anthology 2016.
- ASIN : B07HG5R2BB
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (September 24, 2018)
- Publication date : September 24, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2023 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #565,518 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed the idea behind the story and the plot was clearly well planned out. I enjoyed the characters and thought that they worked well together.
There was a tad too much detail for me in places and I think that detracted from the main storyline at times and could confuse some readers but overall it was a well written story that ticked all the right boxes for me!
I enjoyed the different view points used to tell the story and how it went from past to the present to give the background more detail – an impressive debut – 4 stars from me and can’t wait to see what she releases next!
Thomasine Albright's sister went missing and has just been found. She's been living with this unknown for 37 years and it has destroyed her family. She's a DI with the Family Liason Office and I believe her sister's disappearance caused her to follow this career path.
The discovery of Karen's remains sets in motion a series of events. Various characters see the news in the newspapers and/or on television and the story develops from there. Lily, her narrator, the artist, Jimmy - where do they fit in? What is their influence?
The story is told from various characters narrative and this adds to the mystery of the story. Through the words of the characters you start to place things in order and the whole story is laid open leading up to the impact-laded ending.
I really enjoyed this book, in fact, once I started it I could not put it down.
Top reviews from other countries
At other times it is gripping, holds the attention well and makes the reader care about what is going on. I found myself absorbed and unwilling to put the book down.
In the early chapters it would appear that someone is watching Lily, they seem to know her very well, they follow her and even watch the events leading up to, and including, her accident. There is never any explanation for this.
At one point a character is outside the home of another, looking in as the second character is interacting with his wife. We are given to understand that the outsider poses a threat to the other person but because he sees an intimate moment between the couple he creeps away and takes no action. This makes no sense.
Other characters are mentioned with no real context and their relevance to the story is unclear. For example although we know what the significance of Ellen Williams was, we don't know how she came to be involved with Lily.
At the end of the book we are left with a number of unanswered questions, including how Veronica came to be on the moors, what exactly Paula's role was, what was the significance of the photographs Bennett had and how did he come to have them? Why was a European arrest warrant issued for the original investigating officer, Frank Tanner?
I am conflicted about this book because the good bits were very good but, there were too many voices introducing too many bitty strands in the beginning. The male voices were also confusing because they were not identified and it was often difficult to work out who was in a café or a cheap B&B, who was doing what elsewhere and that confusion continued for much of the book.
Those conflicts give me problems in rating this book. If it had been told in a more straightforward manner and the loose ends tidied up a little better, it could have been a solid four star but the confusion it engenders would make it a one or two star but weighing up the pros and cons, I am going with a three star rating
Gripping! And the fetid finale was superb. No spoilers but revenge was perfectly in tune with the bleak! I cheered!