This one of those books that just slams into you out of left field!! It starts off with Karla watching her husband Jason hastily throwing his things into suitcase, preparing to leave her. And as you read, you think, “Another husband, another affair, another marriage broken up.” Well … keep reading!
Nothing is what it seems in this elaborate tangle of lies, secrets, subterfuge and deceit. Told mainly from the alternating points of view of Karla and Jason, but interspersed here and there with a chapter every now and again from Karla’s father Robert and her mother Diane, the storyline moves from past to present as the reader is shown the pieces of the puzzle, and given hints as to how to put them together.
It’s an extremely clever writing method and one that Browne achieves most ably. As well as being psychologically enthralling, it’s also a very interesting look at how some people still hold such importance in social standing and how others see them. The facade is key to their entire existence and if that is to fall then they literally cannot continue with their lives.
This is one of those books where a reviewer can’t give away too much of the actual story – you need to read it for yourself. But the structure and method are excellent, as are the pace and characterisation. Part of what makes it so good is that the protagonists themselves are not the most likeable people, making it even more delicious to know what is about to happen to them: what is going to bring their careful structure come toppling down?
It’s a 5-star read!
Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taught, dark, twisty psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE MARRIAGE TRAP comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights.” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. To find out more about Sheryl’s novels, go to www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author/ or follow @SherylBrowne on Twitter. To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com
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