Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2022
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2021
OK. In the first two chapters Beth goes speed dating, goes on an actual date and gets sexually assaulted; and that’s the happy part. Author Katherine Black goes on to plumb the depths of derangement in a cycle of psychotic behaviour from an antagonist who even Dante would have a problem placing in his Inferno; and that’s if Lucifer didn’t batten down the hatches and bolt all the doors and windows before turning off the lights and pretending he wasn’t home.
No-one gets out of this unscathed, including this reader; speaking of whom, on second thoughts the wrist thing would be too messy, and I’ve seen enough blood for one book. I’m off to play some Leonard Cohen instead; even he couldn’t want it darker than Leverage.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2021
When Beth is sexually assaulted on a date she fights back with devastating consequences, and from that moment – that instant – her life spirals out of control.
She meets Jennifer, or White Phantom, which she prefers to be called as it is Hebrew for Jennifer and almost instantly is caught up in the young girl’s life and the lies she lives by.
At times I wanted to shout at Beth to get a grip. Tell someone. Walk away. Anything. Just take back control. But this is a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome and the more deeply Beth becomes embroiled in the mess the harder it is to get out of it.
The author has written a twisted tale of how actions have consequences. And how someone’s life can be so completely taken over.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2021
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 June 2021
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 November 2020
Would definitely recommend
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2019
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2017
The plot takes the reader down a chillingly dark path of mental instability and extreme actions. The characters are credible and the main character’s descent into realms of a personal hell is told in a manner that makes each step plausible. The author pulls no punches in this tale that could have come straight from the front pages. The action is fast, brutal and unpredictable, the delving into motives and personalities fascinating. The writing is excellent. On the whole, a book highly recommended to anybody who likes shocks and suspense.
Reviewed in the United States on 3 November 2021
What kept this from being a full 5 stars is that I felt the main character was frustratingly weak.
Reviewed in the United States on 4 June 2021
I think I’ve found an author in this genre I want to stalk to Jennifer levels. Might be in the name, but I doubt it. Black does well to cultivate specific POVs that drive the tension to keep the page turning absentmindedly. Forget about children being ignored in favor for a book. The laundry can keep piling up. Worth every second. Can’t wait to read more of her books in the future.
Reviewed in France on 3 June 2021
The ending was excellent which I didn’t expect, and I can quite easily see this book being made into a film.
This is the second book I’ve read from the author and will definitely be reading more!
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.