• Publication date: 5 Jul 2018
• Publisher: Corvus
• Language: English
• ASIN: B079YF2S9X
Source: ARC copy thanks to Anne Cater
An explosive debut thriller about one woman’s search for revenge – and the dangerous chain of events she sets in motion…
‘Hugely engrossing – a dark delight.’ Catherine Ryan Howard
Caroline Atkinson is powerless and angry. She has lost more than most – her marriage, her reputation, even her children. Then one day, she receives an unusual delivery: lost luggage belonging to the very man who is responsible, her estranged husband Jack.
In a leather holdall, Caroline unearths a dark secret, one that finally confirms her worst suspicions. Jack has kept a detailed diary of all his affairs; every name, every meeting, every lie is recorded. He even marks the women out of ten.
Caroline decides it’s time to even the score. She will make this man pay, even if it means risking everything…
Well, this is a truly intense novel. It’s extremely fast paced and written almost from one long stream of consciousness. Obviously it wasn’t of course but appearing to write in that way is incredibly skilful.
Consistent cheating by Caroline’s husband Jack Atkinson and his eventual rejection that involves him taking their children away has a devastating effect on her. When his journal of cheating complete with graphic photos and a scoring system of marks out of ten for each woman serendipitously falls into Caroline’s hands she makes full use of it. Using social media she orchestrates her revenge. A revenge that threatens to snowball out of control in an avalanche of dire consequences.
This stunning debut Illustrates the often awful complexity of abuse, and the consequences, in this case using control and the effects of this sort of emotional abuse by one partner to another. Domestic abuse of course isn’t always physically violent, it can be psychological, insidious and completely soul destroying. For a victim not to be believed can be the unfortunate sad outcome and can add to or cause their complete loss of self confidence. This lady wasn’t believed that her husband was an out and out cheating bastard but did she succeed in exposing him to his adoring circle of friends and beyond? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
As Caroline’s actions escalated and she ran the risk of exposing herself to danger, it all appeared as if it was going bit too far. At this point the character started to annoy me but the intensity of her actions and thirst for revenge were all part of her now damaged and traumatised personality.
The author is a Chartered Psychologist and Caroline, the protagonist is one too. Quite a few examples of disturbing personality disorders examined within the book. Some as a result of psychological abuse and others from the abusers whose warped personalities led them to commit the abuse.
The events and outcomes of events within the book will surely keep readers enthralled right until the very last page as it did me. I just had to keep reading right until the very end.
A breathtaking story of obsession, revenge, love and lies.
Tense. Compelling. Disturbing
Jacqueline Ward is a Chartered Psychologist and her debut psychological thriller, PERFECT TEN, will be published by Corvus Atlantic Books in Spring 2018.
Jacqueline is the author of the DS Jan Pearce crime fiction series and a speculative fiction novel SMARTYELLOW and enjoys writing short stories and screenplays.
She holds a PhD in narrative and storytelling which produced a new model in identity construction. Jacqueline has worked with victims of domestic violence and families of missing people as well as heading a charity that deals with the safety and reliability of major hazards, and received an MBE for services to vulnerable people in 2013.
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