Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt, published by Bookouture.
From behind the curtains, Sarah spotted the man coming out of the house, followed by the woman. It would be strange seeing people in the property. She wondered how much it would change their lives. For now, she would bide her time and hopefully get to know them better. She needed to gain their trust.
When I met Richard, I fell for him instantly. He was able to give me everything I had always wanted, the dream house, security and above all, love like I’d never known. We lived a quiet life in the middle of nowhere; we didn’t need anyone else.
So, when the empty house next door is sold, I am wary. Will our neighbours invade the perfect life Richard has built for us? As soon as I meet Juliette and Danny, I am reassured. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of their young daughter, they have moved in search of a quiet life and a chance to start again. Over dinner one evening, we hit it off instantly and I know they are just the neighbours we need.
All is well until Juliette spots a young girl in our garden. Richard convinces her that she is seeing things, that it’s the grief taking over. But Juliette won’t let it go. She is sure she saw a child. She believes that Richard is threatening her. She starts to think that I’m not safe.
I need to convince Juliette that she’s imagining it. I need to keep Richard happy. If I am to protect everything I have built for myself, she must never find out the truth.
That my perfect life is built on the deadliest lie.
A heart-stopping psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and K.L. Slater.
Dark, intense and thrilling from start to finish, The Life She Wants, tells the tale of a new beginning for one grief stricken couple and their new neighbours. The setting is picturesque but, is marred by the actions of one of the most vile characters I have read for in awhile and it does deal with a number of themes that may be triggers for some readers including, the death of a child, mental and physical abuse and coercive control.
It is quite the emotional journey that you are taken on here and it had me feeling both sadness and anger throughout. Sherratt does a great job of making the two female leads so believable, you feel like you also know them. I enjoyed the duel narration from them as well as an unknown voice, both present and past and the few surprises that are thrown in along the way.
An intriguing premise and strong characterisation that all comes together through vivid and engaging writing, my first book by Mel Sherratt has been an all round great experience and I look forward to reading more from her.
Thank you to Mel Sherratt, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Life She Wants, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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The Life She Wants Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Mel Sherratt
Mel Sherratt is the author of fifteen crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers, and has sold over 1.5 million books.
For the past four years, she has been named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people. Shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library in 2014, she regularly appears at festivals and is featured in newspapers and magazines.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.