Written by Naomi Joy
Perfect wife. Perfect life. Perfect crime.
Anthony is not the man everyone believes him to be. And Emelia is not the woman he wants her to be.
Theirs was a whirlwind romance, Anthony was the doting boyfriend, the charismatic and successful career man who swept her off her feet. But now Emelia is trapped in a marriage of dark secrets and obsession. She is no more than something Anthony wants to ‘fix’, one of his pet projects.
Emelia has no escape from the life that Anthony insists on controlling, so she shares her story through the only means she can – her blog. Yet Anthony can never find out. Forced to hide behind a false name, Emelia knows the only way that Anthony will allow her to leave him, is death.
Trapped with a man she knows is trying to kill her, Emelia is determined that someone will hear her story and Anthony will meet his ends. That everyone will discover the truth.
Smoke and Mirrors!
This is definitely a book of two halves, with both relating to the same story even though it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
it’s really hard to summarise the plot of this one; there are bits which still puzzle me after completing the novel. I don’t think I’ve read any other novel which is as ambiguous as this one; there’s a strong feeling that what I spent the day perusing was really all smoke and mirrors and I’m still left with the notion that I’ve missed something.
It is certainly a gripping read; it had me glued from the beginning, desperate to see where it was heading. I thought I knew where that was but then the second half of the story kicked in and I was totally and utterly confused. It’s a very clever scenario – not what I expected, and I’m not entirely sure that the ending worked – for me, anyway. I have an aversion to books written under the fiction banner to bring awareness of an issue and I have a suspicion that this is one such novel, however loosely. I understand that I’m probably out of step with my opinions but hey, we can’t all like the same things! For me, this is a three star read.
My thanks to publisher Aria for providing my copy via NetGalley, and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this Blog Tour.
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 308 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 5 September 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
Naomi Joy is a pen name of a young PR professional who was formerly an account director at a prestigious PR firm in London. Writing from experience, she draws the reader in to the darker side of the uptown and glamorous, presenting realism that is life or death, unreliable and thrilling to page-turn.