- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 563 KB
- Print Length: 294 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books (1 July 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EVRUUMU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 254 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Valentina: A hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller Kindle Edition
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It's hard to believe that this is the authors debut novel, the writing is exemplary and the concept is pure genius! The story is the ultimate in trust between three characters and how their actions will eventually destroy them all, emotionally and physically. It is told from the point of view of two of the characters, Shona and Valentina and they tell their stories with one person in common, Mikey.
I guessed early on what was happening but even then I didn't see the full extent of what was going to unravel until it hit me squarely between the eyes and I was totally gripped from start to finish.
Valentina is a book which makes you question how trustworthy people can really be and that you should always be one step ahead of everyone, whoever they are.
I can't wait to see what comes next from this brilliant author.
Shona strikes up an unlikely friendship with Valentina who she meets by chance one day. Valentina is mysterious and a bit of a free spirit but Shona quickly warms to this quirky woman, her only real friend in a strange world. However, is everything as it really seems – does Valentina have the perfect life to match her perfect appearance and just what impact is this new friendship going to have on Shona and Mikey’s idyllic life?
Don’t be fulled by the charismatic and beguiling blurb folks, this book is going to twist your mind!
Oh Susie Lynes what fabulous characters you created in Valentina, I loved and hated them in equal measure. Shona, I really felt as though her character was talking to me throughout the book – at times I felt like we were pals sitting having a blether such was the depth of character created. Valentina – ooh what a baddy she is but as a reader I felt manipulated by her and could understand why Shona was so very drawn to her throughout. Mikey infuriated me (but this is good!) Susie has drawn such strong characters that they are going to stay with you long after you turn the last page!
Valentina explores relationships, trust and deceit and does so in a spine tingling fashion with the tension building as you turn each page; I could almost hear the movie soundtrack playing in the background as I read!
I’ve been left with a bit of a book hangover after this! I cannot believe that I’ve had it on my kindle since December and that it is Susie’s debut novel! This isn’t a fast paced, high body count thriller, this one crawls slowly under your skin and winds its tendrils round your brain as the tension builds! Be warned, Valentina is a haunting and magical read which will leave you reeling!
We really want Shona to be happy, but we spot the tiny problems and inconsistencies in what’s happening to her, just as Shona herself is explaining them away as nothing.
This is a fabulous novel about the nature of friendship and betrayal. Shona’s character and voice are compelling and authentic, so we feel her ups and downs very keenly.
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