Review: The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

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Title: The Wife Stalker
Author: Liv Constantine
Genres: Fiction, Psych Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~320
My Rating: 4.5/5
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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Woah. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. There’s honestly nothing else I can say. The beginning of the story is kinda slow and you’re waiting to start hating Piper and is she poisoning the kids, is she planning to push them off a cliff—everything’s set up to hate her but the punchline never comes. And then I was getting annoying with them telling the kids Joanna was in heaven when she wasn’t and then OMMMMGGGGG. Just it really caught me off guard and I loved it!

Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~352
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL & DRUG USE, SELF HARM, ATTEMPTED MURDER, VIOLENCE

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave? 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a good read, it was really predictable which made it less than lackluster. But the unfolding of the characters and the little girl/her own things she was dealing with. Was very interesting. The neighbors were suspicious, I was suspicious, but knew the plot less than half way in.