The Woman on the Bench by Eliot Stevens #BookReview #BlogTour #PsychologicalThriller #PsychologiicalSuspense #NetGalley #EliotStevens @inkubatorbooks @ZooloosBT #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing The Woman on the Bench by Eliot Stevens, published by Inkubator Books.


Married couple Mark and Cecilia seem to have it all – looks, wealth, love. But behind closed doors, things are very different – they live in silent resentment, their marriage broken by the shattering loss of the child they so desperately wanted.

Enter Alice – Mark’s idea of the perfect woman. She appears from nowhere and offers Mark the chance of a new life filled with love, passion, and – finally – the joys of parenthood. Everything he’s ever dreamed of.

But there’s a catch.

Mark can’t leave Cecilia because she knows a dark secret from his past that would ruin him if it was revealed. And he’s sure she’d be more than happy to use it against him if he betrayed her.

Mark’s future with Alice seems doomed. Until one night, in a secluded cottage on the Dorset coast, they hatch an unspeakable plan that might bring devastating ruin, or life-long happiness…

But who is Alice, really? And can love ever begin with murder?

The Woman on the Bench is a gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Mark Edwards, K. L. Slater, and Daniel Hurst.

At last, Mark has found the perfect woman. There’s just one small problem…his wife…

The Woman on the Bench has a dark plot that weaves a tangled web of lies and deceit that plays out well, but it does require you to suspend your disbelief. If you can do this, you should enjoy the wild ride.

Told through Mark’s perspective, we are painted a picture of an unhappy marriage with his wife Cecilia, that has broken down after the loss of a child. When he meets Alice, he feels alive again and quickly falls under her spell, but certain circumstances prevent him from leaving Cecilia and so an evil plan is hatched that can only end in murder.

For a debut, Stevens has done a great job with this book. The only niggle I had was the narrative being told solely through Mark’s perspective. In the grand scheme of things though this did not deter from my overall enjoyment of the book. Well written with a good twisty outcome, I look forward to reading more from the author.

Thank you to Eliot Stevens, Inkubator Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Woman on the Bench, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Eliot Stevens grew up between Italy and the UK, studied philosophy, and works in the humanitarian sector. He’s fascinated by the intricate coils of the human mind and tries to unravel them in his stories. He lives in the quiet countryside north of Rome with his beautiful family. When not writing, he mostly wishes he was. The Woman on the Bench is his first published novel.




My thanks to Zoe from Zooloo’s Book Tours for my spot on this blog tour and for the promotional materials.


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