Fiction, Mystery/Thriller


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Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Length: 383 Pages
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By the time I realized the truth about Daniel it was too late. But the truth about me? He never saw that coming…

Dr Daniel Ashcroft was perfect: handsome, romantic, protective. I thought I was so lucky.

But then I heard the rumors about his previous girlfriend, that she had vanished without a trace.That’s when I found the cameras in my apartment.

I was trapped. Daniel made it clear I couldn’t leave him, not without risking everyone I loved. I had to disappear, so I arranged my own kidnapping.

I should have known Daniel would never let me get away that easily. But he could never have predicted what I’d do next…

My Take

Thank you to #Netgalley and Bookouture for providing me with and e-copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

THIS is the thriller we’ve all been waiting for. I have been needing one like this after having read, or attempted to read, some rather not so thrilling thrillers. This one is what I needed to get me back into the genre that I love so much.

First, I need to tell you about the pacing, because more than anything, that is what makes a good thriller. Payne does an excellent job of keeping the chapters short and the plot moving while still giving us completely fleshed-out characters. I honestly could not put this book down and read it well into the night. I simply had to know what happened next!

Payne also does an excellent job of creating flawed but likable characters. One issue I’ve had with some books lately is that in effort to make the characters “realistic” the author has simply made them unlikeable. Noelle is the most likable protagonist I’ve read in a long time. I was rooting for her throughout the novel. She grew so much from a victim who simply wanted to run away into a woman who wasn’t taking crap from anyone.

I can’t believe this is a debut as Payne is deftly skilled at crafting a pulse-pounding, edge of your seat thriller. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Once final note for my fellow writers out there: if you need some tips to help traverse the publishing industry, you should check out Payne’s YouTube channel,

Her videos were super helpful to me during my agent-hunting phase. I admit that this channel is why I requested the book from Netgalley, but now I’m going to go back and rewatch all the videos because I see that Payne is truly a skilled writer.


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