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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Marriage is a prison for Kelly. Her controlling and manipulative husband Christos videos her in the house, has her followed and tracks her every move. She may be desperate to leave, but she's not stupid. If she runs, he'll make sure she never sees her children again. Christos has a mistress, Sylvie, keen to pander to his every whim and even keener to step into Kelly's shoes, should she ever vacate them. Kelly thinks it's stalemate for their twisted threesome, but one of Christos's container ships is about to dock in London with a secret cargo that will change all their lives forever. If Kelly is to escape, it will be in a way she never imagined, and people will" get hurt .

This is the first book I have read by Ali Knight. But I think it is safe to say it will not be the last.
A gripping tale of Marital abuse, and one womans struggle to come out the other end. With a fantastic story line.
I'm just annoyed with myself that it took me a while to get around to reading it, because once i had started it I really did enjoy it...

Kelly
The abused wife Kelly is stuck in a relationship that she just wants out of. But there just seems no way out. Her husband will not let her have a divorce, and has threatened to take the children away from her. She is left in their apartment daily some days with the doors locked, and is constantly recorded on one of the many video cameras her husband has installed in the house so he can see what she is up to constantly. She has 2 Children a Daughter she had before she met Christos and a son which they adopted together. Kelly also has a past which could get her into something she doesn't want to be involved with.

Christos
I hated Christos right from the beginning of this book, he's a man who likes to take charge and be in charge of everything. Including his wife. He has a mistress and dispite this still won't let his wife go. And as for Sylvie his mistress, well I She was just a first class cow.

Georgie
I liked the idea that one of the main characters was a female customs officer and not the normal police detective.
you find yourself asking a lot of questions throughout this book, and mainly how you would cope in this situation. What would you do? It is so easy to think that you would just walk away and not put up with it. But as this story shows things are not always that easy or that straight forward.

Make you grateful you are happily married..

I received this book from the publishers after speaking with Becca Mundy @BeccaCMundyand on Twitter. And I am really grateful for being given the chance to read and review it. It was definitely the sort of book I enjoy reading.
I have also added Ali Knights other books to my must buy them list. And look forward to reading them one day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
Excellent third book from the talented Ali Knight. As in the previous two, the ease of the read is NOT due to one feeling sympathetic for a particular character. Knight manages to create individuals who are weak that you wish were strong and in this one strong that turn out to be weak. The customs official tracking international shipments contrasted with the pathetic rich wife trapped in London, are cleverly interwoven themes in this gripping thriller.

At first we can't believe the wife trapped by a bullying husband, so I didn't like her, but the plot twists on in devastating fashion until we are forced to really sympathize as her life goes up the Swanee!

I loved Georgie, daughter of a criminally bent family, determined to be on the straight and narrow and working for customs and excise, as her family couldn't take her working for the police.
I would like more of Georgie, I hope Knight gives her another outing.

All in all a great read, MORE PLEASE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2014
Ali Knight is a master at creating page turning, suspense and characters that you can't bear to give up. I have loved all her books but this one is my favourite with the dark marriage and the changing way you perceive the central character as the book progresses. The inherent sinister nature of supersized container ships and the fear they engender is carefully captured and exploited. A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2014
Hugely enjoyed Ali Knight's latest, possibly too much as it kept me up late at night. So many twists and turns, and her characters stay with you long after you close the page. Knight writes especially brilliantly about modern London - she puts you right there on its streets. Can't wait for her next book now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2013
I'm a big fan of Ali Knight's work. She writes in a stylish, exciting style, and her plotting is absolutely brilliant. I don't often read books in one sitting, but this one held me, from start to finish! Highly recommended.
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on 27 February 2014
This book is brilliant. I nearly missed my stop on the tube due to being so engrossed when one of the big reveals in the book occurred. The terrible situation that the mother finds herself in is so insightfully described that it's impossible to not be moved by it. I found it almost uncomfortable reading some parts of it - I wanted to jump in and help her.
Definitely recommend it for anyone. Great storyline, strong and credible characters, lots of twists and turns.
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on 29 March 2014
This book is a really good thriller with a strong storyline, convincing characters and is written to engage the reader completely.
The result is a true page-turner with suspense maintained from the first few pages. The author is growing in stature with each of her books and I can recommend this book to anyone who wishes to escape into a disturbing world for a few hours.............
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you want a dark tale of suspense, mystery and escape then you really have to give this title by Ali Knight a go, within the principle players are trapped within their own lives, held together by the dark manipulations of Christos which makes for not only heart rending reading but a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

As usual with Ali’s writing, its intelligent, hits the right spot for the suspense reader and will, in its own way, have you questioning what you’d do in the same situation. Add to this some great turns of phrase and all round it’s a solid read, but to take that next step for the reader, Ali has generated characters that feel fully rounded, have their own whims and desires which when carefully boiled into a powder keg generates something that is truly electrifying. Great stuff.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
Ali Knight's first book was a page turner, the second was better, this is the best to date. You can really see the author's craft developing. I started this book on a a half hour train ride to work one morning, and was compelled to take every snatched opportunity to read "Until Death" to its conclusion - the short chapters giving snippets of suspense in pill-like fixes until the kids were in bed and I could read uninterrupted and way past my bedtime.

A wife caught fast in an obsessive relationship, a controlling husband with a scheming mistress, children in the mix. A striving young customs investigator who stumbles upon the seemingly separate strands of stories intertwined; shipping, docks, crimes past, crimes planned, the lure of other lifestyles and the trappings of a penthouse - all interwoven in a well crafted web. As the characters' flaws and motivations were steadily revealed, mixed feelings of pity, outrage, and edge of the seat concern, were stirred - I cared what the outcome was, wanted justice to prevail, and was left thinking about the ending and its implications. Like an old fashioned fairy tale before they became sanitised, you knew to boo the villains, hope for the victims and cheer the heroes, but as the complexities and pitfalls of real life relationships, jealousy and foolishness are laid bare, flaws are understood and accepted - and sometimes seemingly forgiven when circumstances change.( Hansel and Gretel, their dad and step-mum spring to mind). The ever emerging connections, and the need to know what happens next kept the pages of Until Death turning. The twist at the end was both satisfying and disturbing. What more could you want from a thriller?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 May 2014
When I contacted publicists at Hodder & Stoughton about doing this feature week I was offered a copy of Ali Knight's latest book Until Death to review which I gladly accepted especially as I'm tending to read more psychological thrillers this year.

Kelly is desperately unhappy and trapped in a life without love but if she wants to escape she'll need to keep all her wits about her as her husband Christos and his mistress Sylvie have their own plans for her...

Until Death was certainly a dark, suspensful read with a lot going on throughout with all its twists and turns but for me it was just the right amount without the plot getting too over complicated and unbelievable.

The characterisations were spot on; from the victim who fights back Kelly, to the scheming mistress Sylvie, to the master manipulator himself Christos. It's hard to imagine what you would do in Kelly's situation, and unless you've been there you can't imagine how easy it is for control to be handed over especially when at first you believe they are doing it out of love.

The great thing about discovering a new established author is that you have their back catalogue of books to catch up on so I have now added her first two novels Wink Murder and The First Cut to my Amazon wishlist to read one day...
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