SECRET ADMIRER an unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist By PATRICIA MACDONALD
SECRET ADMIRER an unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist (Totally Gripping Psychological Thrillers) By PATRICIA MACDONALD
Book/Novel Author: PATRICIA MACDONALD
Book/Novel Title: SECRET ADMIRER an unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A total shock in the end.” SmtnsweetA NAIL-BITING DOMESTIC THRILLER FROM A BESTSELLING AUTHOR.Laura has it all.A loving husband, a five-year-old son, a flourishing career and a beautiful home on the shore.New Year’s Eve. An intruder in a ski mask invades her beautifully restored Victorian home. He knocks her unconscious and shoots her husband dead in their bed.Her perfect life just ended.The police think she’s lying about what happened. And now she’s the prime suspect for her husband’s murder.But if she didn’t do it, who did?An electrifying blend of high domestic suspense, heart-stopping tension — with a shattering final twist.Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, T.M. Logan, B.A. Paris, Liane Moriarty, Claire Dyer, Sam Carrington, Celeste Ng.READERS LOVE PATRICIA MACDONALD:“Tugs expertly on the nerves . . . readers will be rewarded with the revelation of even darker secrets in the family cupboard.” Kirkus“Vivid settings, realistic characters, and natural dialogue help make this one hard to put down.” Publisher’s Weekly⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A well-written mystery with well-developed characters.” Tubani4⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I lost sleep because I could not stop reading . . . one of my favourite authors.” Judith R.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “You can feel the anxiety jumping off the page.” Tubani4⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. So many twists and turns with a jaw dropping conclusion.” Joy⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Awesome, awesome! Patricia continues to be great.” Joan M.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It left me guessing till the end.” J.H.ALSO BY PATRICIA MACDONALDFROM CRADLE TO GRAVESISTERSMISSING CHILDI SEE YOUCAST INTO DOUBTDON’T BELIEVE A WORDTHE GIRL IN THE WOODSSAFE HAVENMOTHER’S DAYSECRET ADMIRERLOST INNOCENTS
This author had my attention from the beginning! The intricate descriptions and woven story stimulate the imagination so that putting down the book is impossible! I’m excited to chose another of her books now!
Interesting characters in a plot that twists and turns. Hope for a happy ending. Mostly well written. The biblical quote used bear instead of bare.
I’ve read 4 or more of this author’s books in the past week and this one was my favorite. Although I was disappointed there wasn’t an epilogue when it really needed an epilogue, I liked the story. Well done! 3-1/2 starsThe cops and DA in this story were spiteful, vindictive, lazy, and small-minded. When Laura Reed’s husband, Jimmy, is killed by an intruder who also knocks her over the head and down the stairs, she’s the one who gets blamed and becomes prime suspect number one, even though there is no evidence against her. They claim the insurance policy their attorney/husband’s business partner recommended for him was the motive. But Laura was in love with her husband. She and their 5-year old son, Michael, were traumatized by his murder. The cops didn’t care. They were hell bent on blaming Laura and weren’t looking for the real murderer.Laura is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her husband, Jimmy, owned an art gallery with his business partner/attorney, Richard Walsh, who was married to a self-absorbed former beauty queen, Candy. Richard managed Laura’s money for her. He secretly had a gambling problem.Gary Jurik, one of Jimmy’s high school friends, was a local artist and close friend who had been wheelchair-bound since an accident 14 years ago. His mother, Wanda, took care of him. Since Jimmy’s death, he’d been sending Laura anonymous flowers twice a month. His mother told Laura he had a crush on her. He flipped out when he found out she remarried 5 months after Jimmy’s death.Laura and Michael met a man 5 months after Jimmy died, with a huge sailboat at the marina after Michael ran off on his own and panicked his mother. The boat’s owner, Ian Turner, had bought it in Barbados. He’d lost his wife, Gabriella, and their 7-year old son, Phillip, in a house fire caused by a serial arsonist several months ago. The arsonist had been caught and was serving 3 life sentences. Ian was a scientist, a nuclear physicist, who had gone on a sabbatical while he grieved for the loss of his wife and son.Laura sensed something familiar about him. He recognized and remembered her. She’d rescued him from a pit with a broken leg after his father left him there when they were 5 or 6. He’d seen her with her white blonde hair and thought of her as his guardian angel, then and now. They began dating and got married too soon. Both of them were lonely and the physical attraction was too strong to resist for long. Those who already suspected her of killing her husband, were sure of it now.When a hired killer is exposed after he’s shot and killed trying to rape his teenage niece, the investigation takes a turn to try to find out who hired him. He had Jimmy’s Rolex watch, his great grandmother’s pearl ring, and his high school class ring, but not the name of who hired him. Then a man with mob ties claims Laura came to him looking to hire a trained killer. It’s not true, but police arrest her anyway. Her mother-in-law, Dolores, takes her to court for custody of her son, Michael, and gets it after Laura is denied bail.The cops continue to investigate Laura, Ian, and Richard. While in jail, Laura learns some things about Ian from her editor and the police that make her question everything. Her attorney flips out when he finds out the police and the DA are talking to her without him. They’re trying to get her to turn against Ian. When a false witness recants, the charges against Laura are dropped and she’s freed to go home. But she has to confront Ian for his lies first. Cops show up when it gets scary. But Ian escapes them. When Laura gets home with Michael, it’s obvious someone has been in their house. The back door had been busted in and there are wet footprints leading upstairs where she’d already sent her son to pack. She goes upstairs and reluctantly opens the door to the master bedroom where Jimmy had been killed. There’s a body on the bed bleeding from a gunshot would to the chest and someone’s in the corner holding a gun to Michael’s head. Who? Why? Laura has to do some quick thinking to spare her son.The ending was okay, but too abrupt. There should have been an epilogue!!!From the blurb:Laura has it all.A loving husband, a five-year-old son, a flourishing career and a beautiful home on the shore.New Year’s Eve. An intruder in a ski mask invades her beautifully restored Victorian home. He knocks her unconscious and shoots her husband dead in their bed.Her perfect life just ended.The police think she’s lying about what happened. And now she’s the prime suspect for her husband’s murder.But if she didn’t do it, who did?
This was a spell binder to the end. I was convinced each one “had done it”, but never considered ” the” one. Very well written thriller.
Ms MacDonald certainly knows how to keep a reader enthralled with her unexpected twists. I highly recommend this book to anyone who love thrillers. Found it very difficult to put down.
What an awesome story! None of my chores were completed today. I simply could not put this book down. As we begin this book, we meet a very happy little family–Mom, Dad, and their little boy. Our of the blue an intruder enters their home during the night and the young father murdered and his wife is roughly pushed down the stairs. Sentiment in the small town leans heavily toward the wife as the culprit. Traumatized by her grief and on crutches she comes to realize that she has lost all of her friends and that the ringleader against her is her mother-in-law. The absolute ennui of this young mother is agonizing to consider. Knowing that she is innocent she wages her own search for her husband’s killer. The author offers the reader a plethora of suspects–some direct and some indirect. In a subplot the husband’s good friend turns up missing driving his mother to turn against our young since the son has a real crush on the Mom. Also, the handsome and wealthy friend from her childhood shows up with his yacht which the young son is quite happy about. The town gossip is not with takes of the young widow and her friend. The police keep digging and finally arrest the young mother. BUT, did she do it? The police and the town sure think so. Her only support is this old friend. Will she lose her child to the furious grandparents? The thrilling climax had me weeping. I am sure you will enjoy the tedious police work and abhor the snap to judgement.