5th September 2019. 5 stars.
I loved this psychological thriller from the first page. The writing was smooth, intriguing and sharp. Ava Beck’s intensity and compulsion was as addictive as it was reckless, drawing me into her troubled life and her belief that a womanising customer had killed his girlfriend.
But what to do about it – leave it to the police? Or get yourself into even deeper trouble?
The emotional level never dropped throughout the twisting story, which swerved and detoured before delivering a twist I didn’t see coming, leading to a heart-in-the-mouth climax. It just goes to show how easy it is to make wrong judgements.
All the characters were sharply drawn and convincing, pulling me into their often convoluted worlds. No one was quite who they seemed to be, leading to the edgy atmosphere that’s essential in a psychological thriller. As the pace and action picked up, I was never quite sure who to trust and who to dispel.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intense and edgy psychological thrillers. I certainly look forward to reading more by JA Schneider.
Out of work actress Ava Beck, reduced to working in a West Village flower shop, starts to watch handsome, womanizing hedge funder Peter Greer, who lives near. He likes to romance his girlfriends with flowers.
Ava notices bruises on his troubled-looking date named Chloe. Concerned, she follows them after work to Chloe’s studio, second floor in the rear of a brownstone. She hears them arguing, climbs up the fire escape just as Greer angrily sees her….and plunges into a world of stunning twists, murder and madness worse than any she could have imagined…