I am absolutely over the moon to be hosting one of my all time favourite writers! I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers opening up the blog tour for SE Lynes, The Women.
A huge thanks to the author and the publishers, Bookouture, for inviting me onto the tour and for the ARC to review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside…
Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls.
Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.
But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her.
And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?
You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.
I wait patiently for every single release by this writer, the anticipation makes me tingle and every single time I’m on tenterhooks as I open up the first page. And every single time Susie Lynes has blown me away! Her talent is extraordinary, her imagination knows no bounds and her writing is exquisite. So I guess you already know that I loved this book…but why?
A mesmerizing and beautifully tantalising opening introduces us to newlyweds, Samantha and Peter Bridges. On honeymoon in Rome, it should be a romantic time for the couple but despite the cultural beauty eloquently described, there is a sinister undertone running its way through the pages. I could almost hear the scary music soundtrack play as I read.
We are then taken back two years to 2016 to when the couple first met. A young naive student Samantha meets the much sought after Professor Peter Bridges. While all that she can see is a handsome, intelligent and charming older man, the reader is forming a very different picture in their minds with manipulation and control being the key words. An almost exquisite entrapment plays out before your eyes as Susie Lynes takes you on an intense and disturbing journey of emotional and psychological abuse.
Samantha made me ache, watching her fall deeper and deeper under Peter’s spell was painful. The narrative was a perfect example of gaslighting; it was terrifying yet the writer made it easy to understand how it happens.
A fabulous cast of characters provide a great depth to the plot, each of them had a part to play but there was one character who had me weeping when her story was told. I’m not giving any spoilers by telling you who, you need to read it and see!
Throughout the book Susie Lynes drops in tiny snippets of information and introduces characters that will have your spine tingle and leave you feeling just a little bit disturbed. She expertly uses Samantha’s creative writing class to drop in hints of lies, manipulation, power and control which of course are the main themes of the novel. Its delicious in its delivery and gives the impact required to hit home exactly what is happening in this relationship.
Once again Susie Lynes absolutely nails it. Her characters, sense of place, plot and themes all effortlessly combine to provide a work of art that is not only topical in its reference to psychological abuse and the Me Too movement but is also so engaging, that once you pick it up you will be lost inside until you finish. I abandoned all plans for the day and lost myself in the pages until I finished. An absolute masterpiece which although dark in nature is an empowering message of the strength of women, the bonds of friendship and importance of having our voices heard, of telling our stories and of not staying quiet.
Deliciously dark, perfectly poignant; I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Susie Lynes is a genius. She creates a masterpiece every time she puts pen to paper and this time round with The Woman she has blown it all out the window and surpassed herself once again!
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About the author:
Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. THE WOMEN out for pre-order NOW.
S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.
After the birth of her third child, she completed an MA in creative writing from Kingston University. Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL in 2018. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture.
Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at Amazon.it
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