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Written by Lynda Stacey




Fake Date




Nine hours and eleven minutes …
That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.

She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.
Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?
Whoever it is, they will pay. All Ella has to do first is survive …




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Lively and Interesting ..   4 stars


This is a good tale of a horrendous crime and the suffering of the victim whilst at the same time it’s a bit of a ‘will they, won’t they’ romance.

We first meet Ella as she lies counting the minutes from when she was viciously attacked and left for dead; with her extensive injuries, can she hang on long enough for someone to discover her in the out-of-way location she was dumped? Did she make an error in going out for dinner with the man she knew had already buried two wives – or was something more sinister going on? She needs to focus on staying alive long enough to have a chance to find out …

Whilst the attack against Ella was quite horrific, I’m not sure I would class this as a psychological thriller. However, as a crime thriller it holds it’s own but with the absence of a full police investigation. The possible romance is quite enchanting, and all the characters in the book are well developed. This is a lively, interesting and well-penned story, but I can’t say the outcome came as a surprise – unusually for me, I worked it out myself and it was just a matter of waiting to see if I had got it right! Still a very worthwhile read with plenty happening and a good satisfactory ending. I’m just not convinced that the title and cover did the novel justice though – or that it was what I was expecting to read.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for both my copy and including me on today’s blog tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3374 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Ruby Fiction
  • Publication Date: 18 September 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




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Meet the Author


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Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,

Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of psychological / romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secretswon the Choc Lit Search for a Starcompetition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.


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