- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (14 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447278135
- ISBN-13: 978-1447278139
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A terrific new talent. She paints with words and takes a scalpel to emotions (Peter James)
Full of twists and surprises, you'll be gripped until the end (Essentials Magazine)
Kept me guessing (Woman & Home)
A haunting new thriller (Good Housekeeping)
Debbie Howells, bestselling author of The Bones of You, showcases the superb control she has in her writing . . . weaving together a tale of both past and present in a single narrative, Howells' skills as a writer are at the forefront of this novel, making it a fantastic read (Dead Good Books)
Intense and gorgeous . . . gloriously plotted and absolutely beautifully written, one of those novels where small parts of the prose make you shiver and give a real emotional pull (Liz Loves Books)
The characterisation here is exceptional . . . This book is quite beautifully constructed, with perfect pace - and has real emotional depth as the harrowing story of treachery and betrayal unfolds. The different threads are quite perfectly handled - this author really is a quite excellent storyteller, who handles the complicated structure with total ease, never dropping a stitch (Being Anne Reading)
Spectacularly written and plotted, Howells is a masterful thriller writer, so if you're a fan of the genre, you must, must put her on your list . . . Howells' whole writing style is a beautiful balancing act. It's not the beauty of the end, it's the beauty of the book in its entirety. This story is a little cracker. It explores the dark side of privilege and human nature and also how it's dangerous to cast too rosy a glow on people or memories (The Book Bag)
Debbie Howell's second novel is a thrilling tale of first love, secrets, and shocking revelations . . .See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Noah was obsessed with April from childhood and so the pull is to strong for him to resist. All his thoughts and memories of the past come hurtling back and he realises that he has always had rose coloured spectacles on when it comes to April. As the wool falls from his eyes he begins to realise that April,is not all he thought she was, but murder?
Noah has to delve deeply into April's life before the murder that she is accused of and as he does so all his hidden memories from the past come flooding back and he begins to put two and two together for the first time. Noah begins to find out one dreadful manipulation after another with sickening dread, and shocked to the core is determined to help April and get justice for her.
This is a brilliant psychological thriller which I loved from a fantastic author and a superb second novel from her, I loved her debut novel THe Bones Of You and this is a worthy successor, I cannot wait for the next one. Ten out of ten.
The characterisation here is exceptional - Noah wrestling with his demons, the complications of April's life, the enigmas that are Bea and Will, the threatening presence of Ryder - as the story weaves its way through past and present with consummate ease. And counterpointing it, the story of Ella - a clear, young and endearing voice as she tells her apparently unrelated story. This book is quite beautifully constructed, with perfect pace - and has real emotional depth as the harrowing story of treachery and betrayal unfolds. The different threads are quite perfectly handled - this author really is a quite excellent storyteller, who handles the complicated structure with total ease, never dropping a stitch.
And, as if that wasn't enough, the main story and its resolution is a real page-turner - I read this book in a single glorious sitting - with shocks and surprises enough for any reader who might usually prefer their stories a little more simply told, as "the truth" is slowly revealed. The title is a master stroke - but to understand why, you'll really need to read it. I may not have read anything by Debbie Howells before - I never caught up with The Bones Of You - but I'll most definitely be at the head of the queue for anything she writes in future, this was superb.
I can say that the idea of the book sounded interesting, unfortunately, the idea did not live up to my expectations. I felt that I got a bit of a wrong start with the book, the different timelines, we have the present one and the one where Noah was a teenager. And, suddenly Ella showed up in the story. Bear in mind, I started to read this book without reading the blurb, so I was a bit confused about it and that is totally my fault. That's the problem with ebook, you don't have a backside to read and if you don't look up the book can things like this happens. Anyway, I read the blurb and that cleared things up.
Still, the story just didn't thrill me, it never felt suspenseful in any way and the twists never gave me a wow feeling. The story never got my pulse racing. Well, it did when I was annoyed with stuff, like when police officer Ryder started to suspect Noah. And, I got the feeling that they did it right from the start, despite the fact that Noah hadn't seen April for fifteen years, and he has had no contact with her if you don't count the calls she made to him the murder day that he never got and there is absolutely no evidence at the murder scene to tie him to it. That bothered me, I mean if they had found his fingerprint or blood on the scene would I have bought the fact that they suspected him, but now some far-fetched motive that he felt the need for revenge and kill someone fifteen years later? Come one!Read more ›
Not interested in the characters and the plot was weak.The "Ella" chapters were so boring and lyrical.
The story starts in May 2016 which seems very curious as it is July 2016 when I am reading it (very clever author!!).
Overall I enjoyed it well enough to keep me reading but I found the flipping back and forwards distracting - I wanted more time to get settled but found that I was being pushed into a different time before I was ready.
I also found that the pace of the plot was a bit lacking. I don't always read fast paced thrillers but sometimes a bit of speed is needed to keep the plot alive and I think it would have helped.
I liked the idea of the story and it was alright to read but I won't be recommending this to any friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was caught up in this book from the start. On the back cover it is described as “grip-lit”, not a phrase I have come across before but one which is very appropriate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenny Cooper
Noah is living a secluded life in Devon after giving up being a lawyer. He gets a phone call from an old friend to say that his ex-girlfriend who is accused of murder, is in a coma... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Driscoll
It is beyond me how this fantastic author Debbie Howells is a florist. Debbie Howells can most certainly make a huge career being a crime writer with no problem. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ireadnovels
After a terrible start, April's life was not going to get any better after she killed her son. Anyone else would have taken him to hospital. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sue UK
I enjoyed reading this novel. It's a tale plotted around a group of friends growing up together as teens and then re- encountering each other as adults. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Peter Davies
The Beauty of the End was fantastic from start to finish.
Noah gets a call to say that his ex has tried to commit suicide and is now in hospital on life support. Read more