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- File Size: 1745 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (13 Nov. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076Z2T246
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Puppet Master: a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked Kindle Edition
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Abbie has written a story that kept me on my toes, my heart in my mouth, and gut squirming just to add to the tension. Especially the more I read on.
The book is set in three parts, with considerable thought to the way the story unfolds.
We see Billie and Adam, who they are individually and as they grow together in a new relationship. However they both have a past that they aren't fully revealing to each other, but their emotions are taking them on a journey neither expected.
Then there is the puppet master to take in to consideration! The full scale of the damage the puppet master has left in their wake is designed to make you feel helpless, sickened and increasingly frustrated as you read on. For various reasons with various characters.
This is a fantastic debut novel, that took me on an emotional roller coaster of a journey, like a scab I could not leave it alone. As difficult a read as this is, it is too compelling and twisted to miss out on.
A story which will stay with me for a long while, for an array of reasons.
Right from the beginning, I empathised with Billie, the sad and traumatised leading lady. I wanted to know why she was so terrified of being found, and who by.
When Adam, the newspaper reporter enters the story, determined to expose Billie for something she was supposed to have done, the tension as he tries to break down her defences is heart-breaking. Gradually, he peels back her protective layers, exposing the raw emotions that hid underneath her fear.
I kept hoping Adam would change his mind when his feelings for her began to grow, and take pity on someone who has already suffered enough, but his need for justice seemed too strong.
There is an unpleasant element to this story, but it is handled with great care by the author. By the time I had finished reading the second part of the book, I was desperate for some happiness for Billie. All the signs were there, but I knew it couldn’t happen, not yet.
Watching Adam when he finally learns the truth about Billie was almost as painful as the lie he originally believed.
The last part of this book piled on the tension yet again, and I geared myself up for a gripping ending. But the ending totally caught me by surprise. It made my blood run cold!
A very absorbing well-written plot, the evil winds its way throughout everything, strangling and contaminating everything in its path…
(A big thankyou to the author for my review copy!)
The Puppet Master is narrated by Billie and Adam, firstly in the present day, a flash back to the past, then a return to the present day. The present day narrative in the first part of this book was my favourite part of the novel, Osborne did a good job building the suspense. From the blurb we know Billie is hiding from someone, but your attention is grabbed by Adam’s narrative, what does he perceive Billie to have done, if she’s the hiding victim, why does he believe she’s ruined lives?
The overriding theme in this novel is manipulation and I like that Osborne shows you how strong the power of manipulation is and how crippling an emotion fear is. The middle part of this novel takes us back into the past and the puzzle pieces fall into place – the reason for Billie’s fear and Adam’s loathing, however, there were times when this narration didn’t hold the same level of believability as the opening parts of the novel and the psychological thrills weren’t as strong either. When the plot returns to the present day, it’s a whirlwind of an ending, fitting though it is.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and have no problem recommending it, it does delve into dark areas and is a novel suited to those who enjoy dark themes without the ‘hard-to-read’ descriptive detail. While the events narrated about the past may have suspended my belief a little, The Puppet Master is a quick and enjoyable read.
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