By the time I realized the truth about Daniel it was too late. But the truth about me? He never saw that coming…
Dr Daniel Ashcroft was perfect: handsome, romantic, protective. I thought I was so lucky.
But then I heard the rumors about his previous girlfriend, that she had vanished without a trace.That’s when I found the cameras in my apartment.
I was trapped. Daniel made it clear I couldn’t leave him, not without risking everyone I loved. I had to disappear, so I arranged my own kidnapping.
I should have known Daniel would never let me get away that easily. But he could never have predicted what I’d do next…
What the shiitake mushrooms!!! This is a debut!!!
If you think Joe from YOU by Caroline Kepnes is charming as well as completely deranged, just wait until you meet Dr Daniel….
This has dual narration told in the first person from Noelle and Daniel. Noelle is a nurse, while Daniel is an anaesthetist. With a jumping timeline we watch their relationship skip between charming and caring to extreme controlling behaviour. The author has been careful in showing how the behaviour is gradual and how friends and family are distanced until the victim has nowhere left to turn. What he didn’t count on though was Noelle being no ordinary victim and having a hidden card up her sleeve in the form of arranging her own extreme kidnapping.
While in romance books I love a happy ever after, it’s a different story when it comes to thrillers. I am discovering more and more how much I love a good bad guy. Daniel was perfectly written, his narration showing just how truly warped he is.
This is where I ask you to take this as the pure entertainment it is, just like YOU. Yes Noelle is a bit of a doormat at times and there were more warning signs here than at a notorious black spot. But, and this is a big but, there were also some really dastardly twists and the characters wow what a bunch of twisted, mentally unhinged crazies. There was so much more going on than Noelle had figured out and seeing the realisation slowly starting to dawn on her was brilliant. There’s not many books I shout at but fudge nuggets I did at this one!
About the author
Jessica Payne is the author of MAKE ME DISAPPEAR. She grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is an RN and recently finished her degree as a nurse practitioner. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog (or both!) in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube. You can find out more about her at her website, jessicapayne.net
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