Extremely excited to be a part of this Blog Tour so a huge thanks to A.J Waines for asking me! I have to be honest, this is the first book by this author I have read, although I do have Girl On A Train on my TBR. It definitely will not be the last! How about we kick off with a little bio on the author then…
AJ Waines has sold over 100,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl On A Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Penguin Random House) and USA (audiobooks).
In 2015, she was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked in the Top 20 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run…
When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’t the warm-hearted soulmate Alice remembers. Barely is the reunion underway before someone is dead and the fragile gathering is pushed to breaking point.
As the snow cuts them off from civilisation and accusations fly, Alice finds herself a pawn, sinking deeper into a deadly game she can’t escape.
My Rating: 5/5
I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ok bookjunkies…picture yourself walking..no strutting…down the street…full of confidence~ you know where you are going, arms swinging..because well…that’s how you roll. Then, out of nowhere, a crack appears in the road that stops you in your tracks….a huge crevass forms and you find yourself teetering on the edge of the abyss…mouth open, heart racing, fear pulsing through your veins…thinking “What the HELL just happened?!?” ….well folks, that is THIS book!!
A.J. Waines left me questioning everything I had just read when I finished this book. It was a mind-blowing, off-the-scale read for me which left me in pure and utter confusion for days. And not in the bad sense either. I was walking around, shaking my head thinking What-The-Frig? Did that really happen?! Pure literary genius!
The moment I started reading this book, my curiosity was piqued. Who is Alice? Karen? Mark and Jodie? What is the relevance of baby Mel? Why have they all been brought together? The suspense was a slow build up rather than quick, sharp rounds…and that is what stood out for me most.
Despite the even pace, I found I could not put this book down…each page left me wanting more and there was a constant nagging feeling that I would be reaching some great, big OMG moment ~ is it now?…Nope…what about now?….furiously turning the pages (ok-I have a kindle so I was clicking a button…but you get my meaning!) waiting to be smacked in the face with a big reveal. I was certainly not disappointed by the fact that it came towards the end…instead, that is what moved this book from what I thought would be a 4⭐️ to a resounding 5⭐️ review!
In terms of the characters, I was instantly drawn to Alice. It was clear that she had grown from a vulnerable and easily led individual, to a confident young women…still all to eager to please. Karen was someone I actually disliked from the get go. There was just “something” about her and baby Mel that did not sit well with me….Jodie and Mark…didn’t really get them…I could see their purpose, but the story would have remained much the same whether they appeared in the book or not…ok, that was a bit harsh…I suppose they just annoyed me! Stuart also raised my eye-brows as he was one of those characters where you are not sure which side he was on…and I am not telling either!
But holy-bloody-hell…the ending…WTF WTF WTF!!! I have only read a few books which left me absolutely gob-smacked at the end….this being one of them. A.J. Waines smacked me upside the head (in the literal sense of course or else I would have pressed charges…lol) and seriously played the ultimate mind game on me! You HAVE to read this book!
So there it is bookjunkies…for a seriously suspenseful, mind-altering, psychologically superb -I -sh*t you not- read, grab yourself a copy of this book and join me in the readers asylum as I am still having therapy! The title says it all…you will be #NoLongerSafe after reading this book!