The Ex Boyfriend by Rona Halsall @ronahalsallauth @Bookouture #BookReview #BooksonTour #Book617 #NetGalleyCountdown

Posted September 30, 2020 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

The Ex Boyfriend by Rona Halsall @ronahalsallauth @Bookouture #BookReview #BooksonTour #Book617 #NetGalleyCountdownThe Ex Boyfriend by Rona Halsall
Published by Bookouture on September 30, 2020
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 297
Also by this author: Love You Gone, The Honeymoon, Her Mother's Lies, The Liar's Daughter, The Guest Room

He promised to love her until her dying day…

When Becca’s first love shows up on her social media feed, she can’t help but smile fondly. Once upon a time, Connor was the love of her life, and though it was over ten years ago, he’s always held a place in her heart.

Then he sends her a message. He sounds happy – still kind and funny, still living across the world in Australia. But he wants to know everything about her life now. How can Becca tell him the truth? About her workaholic husband, her stressful job, and the challenges of caring for her elderly father and her longed-for, adorable but exhausting three-year-old daughter Mia?

Becca hesitates, knowing she shouldn’t even reply.

But Connor lives on the other side of the world. Just how dangerous can becoming friends again be?

It feels harmless.

Until Mia gets sick – in a way that no one can explain.

And it starts to become clear – someone will do absolutely anything to make sure Becca never escapes her past…

OH MY DAYS!! I mean seriously OH MY DAYS! Yes, I have to shout this! This book has blown me completely away. It is so compelling and it is a story which will chill you to the core. It is a story that had me panicked, not quite sure how I would act in Becca’s situation.

My mind kept changing to who was behind everything! Who doesn’t love a book where you question the main character too, I mean can we even trust what Becca is saying? I can’t tell you who I specifically suspected, but it was everyone but the person I should have suspected, but on reflection, it made perfect bloody sense. It’s just well so sad.

Rona has definitely left me flying down the motorway at over 100mph. As soon as you open the book you are hurtling so fast that you need a minute to take a breath. She does this for you occasionally while we reflect on the past with Becca but don’t get comfortable because it does not last long. I sped through the last 20% because I needed to know how everything would play out. It was just mental! I don’t know how else to explain it, she can write a goddamn twist in the tale. This was a sharp sting and it will leave a mark!

With the theme an actual ex boyfriend in The Ex Boyfriend hovering too, well it makes you question everything you know on social media. I mean do you know who is behind the computer! Now that’s a chilling thought!

I think I can say this so easily but it’s my favourite so far of Rona’s. It’s a story that would have most mums panicking about what they would do. It made me nervous at how easy it would all be and that is a scary situation to be in. I really was gripped from the first page, I mean I need to remember not to read a book by Rona late at night and start it in the daytime because I always lose my nights to her book. It a taut thriller, it takes a look into a seemingly normal family and the dark secrets that lie beneath. Teasing information out so slowly, but enough to make you flick the pages quickly to find out what is going on and then everything just spirals out of control so quickly.

Gah this book!! I need to find some decent words to get you to read it but I don’t know any! It’s a book that I have come to expect from Rona and then some! She has completely upped her game with this tale, my head is still spinning from it all! Blinding!

Until next time xxx

I am two behind on this lady’s psychological ride! Will be recitifying this very soon!

About Rona Halsall

Rona’s debut psychological thriller, Keep You Safe came out on 17th August and her second novel, Love You Gone is out now.

Rona lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and three guinea pigs. She has been a bookworm since she was a child and now she’s actually creating stories of her own, which still feels like a dream come true.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful beaches on the Island while she’s plotting how to kill off her next victim. She also makes sure she deletes her Google history on a regular basis, because… well, you can’t be too careful when you spend your life researching new and ingenious ways for people to die.

She has three children and two step-children who are now grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories!

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6 responses to “The Ex Boyfriend by Rona Halsall @ronahalsallauth @Bookouture #BookReview #BooksonTour #Book617 #NetGalleyCountdown

  1. Hahaha what a review. Are you per chance hinting that I should read this book which is supposed to be spell binding? Just wanted to make sure what you were getting at ???
    On a serious note, this is or should be my next read

  2. I have seen some great reviews of this book, yours included. I am so happy that this one is available on KU, so will be reading it.