Published by Trapeze on January 22 2018
An impossible-to-put-down domestic thriller about secrets and revenge, told from the perspectives of a husband and wife who are the most perfect, and the most dangerous, match for each other Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match. But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn’t stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything. What follows is an unpredictable and stylish game of cat and mouse—a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final twist and make you wonder how well you really know your spouse.
Welcome today as me and Nicola over at Short Books and Scribes share our review of The Woman Inside by E.G Scott.
✮ My Review ✮
I have not read a book before where I can not stand the characters, so this is a first for me. Rebecca, high on some sort of concoction of opiates is married to Paul, back up on his luck guy with a crazy ass stalker of an ex-mistress.
The Woman Inside is told in alternating chapters of Rebecca and Paul and Before and After. What it is before and after is a mystery. The first part of the book the scene is being set, your distaste for this couple and then bam! What the bam is? It is a twist and well, you need to read it!
This is two highly toxic people, that together on equal footing just work. But events have caused them to be distant, add paranoia, deception, lies, and my favourite, an unreliable narrator and you are only scratching the surface with Rebecca and Paul’s marriage. I do love the unreliable narrator part of a story, because I love how an author can just pull the rug from out under your feet, turning what you know on its head.
You can easily fall in the guise of one more chapter with the Woman Inside
This was written by two people and it has been blended so well I cannot figure who wrote what bit. The writing worked and got me interested in the lives of Paul and Rebecca, just like car crash tv I couldn’t look away and I had to wait with bated breath to see how it was all going to pan out. Especially when you couldn’t tell where Rebecca’s paranoia began and end, and whether it was a drug-induced cloud or not.
It is slow to start, focusing on what is going on without knowing what is going on, but you will be rewarded if you keep turning that page for sure.
So what else has been said on the blog tour?
Book after Book Blog says
THE WOMAN INSIDE is unpredictable, unbelievable, and claustrophobic. Character-driven and full of twists and drama, this is a domestic thriller with capital letters about murder, infidelity, jealousies, and deceit that make you question: how well do you know the person you’ve been married to for twenty years?
Bookliterati Book Reviews says
The Woman Inside is a rollercoaster of a ride that once on, you won’t want to get off. The different
time linessplit the plot from what is a happy marriage at the beginning, to the suspense, drama and tension of their present situation. There aren’t many likeable characters in this book, all seem corrupt, flawed and self centred, and ultimately unreliable, so you are never sure whethertrust their recounting of events. The writers keep the tension and unease throughout the book, and if I’m honest I never knewquite where this book was going. There are a lot of variables that could take the book in many different directions that keep you guessing through to the dramatically dark final pages.
The story is told between Rebecca, Paul and the two detectives that are investigating some missing women; so be prepared to follow the story between different perspectives, that makes the story more reliable and understanding.
Be prepared for a dark twisted story that will get more twisted every page you’ll read!
Until next time xxx
Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and the author for a copy of their book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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