Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Baby Shower by S.E. Lynes, published by Bookouture.
She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant…
She bursts into my life like a storm, and nothing is the same again. She seems so perfect, with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, I watch as my friends fall under her spell.
Only I seem to suspect something. Only I see that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. And when I’m accused of things I didn’t do, when my home is vandalized, I know she’s behind it. But she only lets her mask slip when no one is looking, so if I say anything, I’ll look crazy.
So when the baby shower comes around I’m there, sitting on a velvet sofa in a posh hotel room, surrounded by balloons. We share gifts, we pour small glasses of champagne, and she beams, her bump just visible under her bright red shirt.
But that afternoon, I finally learn the unbelievable truth.
There is no baby…
A stunningly twisty story of toxic female friendships, guilt and lies from S.E. Lynes, author of the no.1 bestseller The Housewarming. If you like Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins, you’ll be glued to The Baby Shower.
Thrilling, compelling, gripping and riveting are just some words to describe this outstanding read from Lynes. A natural born storyteller, everything she writes turns to gold and this is also the case with The Baby Shower!
You immediately get drawn into this dark tale right from the start, that explores toxic friendships and relationships. There is a chilling vibe throughout and unease about what is to come and it wouldn’t be a book from Lynes if there wasn’t some twists thrown in which come about in spectacular fashion.
This book gave me everything and more that I love in a psychological thriller. Well plotted, perfectly written and with a cast of complex characters, this is one story that got under my skin and I loved every single word of it!
Thank you to S.E. Lynes, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Baby Shower, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Baby Shower Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts on The Baby Shower. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.
Let’s Get to Know S.E. Lynes
Former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’, ‘beautifully written’ psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? and her latest novel, THE HOUSEWARMING, available for pre-order NOW.
After completing her MA, Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.