Claire is happily married to the charismatic Max Maric and living the dream in a luxury house in the prestigious Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour. She loves her husband and their precious son, Freddy. Her life is perfect. Or so she thinks.
Annabelle is Max Maric’s lover. She’s a wealthy widow and is all set to marry him, just as soon as he’s divorced. Her life will then be perfect. Or so she thinks.
One man, two women, but they can’t both have him.
And he doesn’t get to choose – the schizophrenic decides, with a sophisticated plan to eradicate her nemesis in the most heinous of ways.
The intended victim needs a friend. Fortunately, she has a new one she’s become close to.
But nobody told her that false friends are worse than open enemies.
The moment you read the description for this book you just know you are in for a treat, and with every passing chapter I found myself more immersed in this fantastic story.
Claire believes she has the perfect life. With her husband Max by her side as well as their son Freddy there is nothing she would change. However, Claire has no idea that Max has a lover. Annabelle is a widow who has her sights firmly set on marrying Max, they just need to get the small problem of his current wife out of the picture first.
Annabelle has the advantage in this situation as she is aware of Max’s marriage, whereas Claire is oblivious to the fact that her world is about to be turned upside down. The decision of who he should be with is quickly taken out of Max’s hands as the story takes a drastic turn, throwing the lives of all those involved in this complex love triangle into turmoil.
This is one of those books that reels you in from the moment you start it. The storyline is wonderfully structured and loaded with suspense and an abundance of tension that increases with every passing chapter it is practically impossible to predict what will happen next. Although we know there are two women intent on keeping the man they love in their lives, Claire is unaware of the danger lurking nearby.
Each of the characters are wonderfully fleshed out and have their own stories to share. Claire is a character who you feel for from the start. She loves her husband and her son dearly, and certainly doesn’t deserve the betrayal she faces. The friendship that she then forms turns out to be far from genuine, as it becomes clear that the woman has other motives for befriending Claire when she needs a shoulder to lean on the most.
Fast paced and utterly gripping. This was a brilliant book that I couldn’t put down.
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About the Author
Joy Wood has worked as a nurse most of her adult life and turned to writing six years ago to ‘see if she could.’ Her earlier work was adult romance and intrigue, but more recently she has switched genres to romance with a crime element. Joy lives in the small but charming seaside town of Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire and her writing ideas come from watching the tide turn daily, of course with the obligatory ice-cream – someone has to support the local economy!
*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Joy Wood for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*