Monday 26 July 2021

Single - K.L Slater || Review

‘I keep feeling like I’m being watched – dropping the boys off at school, choosing wine at the supermarket – but when I turn around there’s nobody there…’

When single mother Darcy’s son falls from a rope bridge at a local playground, life stands still. She clutches his small, limp body, frozen, until a pair of strong hands push her aside, and she watches as George, a local doctor, saves her son’s life.

George is a single parent too, and with his twinkling hazel eyes, easy charm, and lack of wedding band is almost too good to be true, but coffee becomes lunch, lunch becomes dinner, and soon they can’t go an evening without seeing each other. When he invites her to move into his beautiful home with its sprawling garden for her boys, Darcy doesn’t hesitate.

But as Darcy is settling in, she receives a bunch of flowers with a chilling message. George says they’re from an obsessed ex-girlfriend, Opal, and days later Opal turns up at Darcy’s son’s football match. She claims to have shocking information that could threaten George’s custody of his daughter.

Darcy doesn’t know who to trust, but she’s starting to suspect that, whatever the truth, she might have put her beloved boys into terrible danger…

*Gifted from netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Well, where do i even begin? I love K.L. Slater, she writes fantastic thrillers and if i am ever unsure what to read i know she has a backlog of brilliant thrillers.

Single was released the back end of 2019and had been on my TBR since before then as it was on my netgalley shelf. Lets just say this was brilliant from the start. Darcy is a single mother with two sons, her husband/the father of her sons died four years previous but she never really had the intention of moving on and Joels family certainly didn't think it was time to do so. Especially as she had struggled so much in the aftermath of his death.

When one afternoon she takes her sons to a play area and her youngest suffers a major asthma attack - and having left his inhaler at home in favour of toys a handsome doctor comes bounding over and saves his life whilst Darcy is powerless in that moment. From then, Darcy is smitten with the doctor. She starts by taking him a thankyou card.

What starts as a coffee quickly develops into a more serious relationship, and despite Joels familys protests and interfering it isnt long before Darcy and the boys move into Georges house. As she begins to settle in and life should be becoming more perfect - Darcy receives a bunch of dead flowers, she starts feeling like she is been followed and George admits its an ex girlfriend - Opal. However, George claims he has a handle on it.

When Opal turns up wanting to just chat to Darcy it really becomes a case of who can you trust?

Well well well...not all was as it seems with this book, at all. My brain was so sore by the end. Single was completely full of twists and turns and the interwoven story line was not what i saw coming at all. It was fast paced, dark and disturbing by the end.

I really enjoyed getting to know Darcy - i feel like she wasn't dealt the best hand and had alot of her own struggles and insecurities to deal with alongside looking after the two boys. I felt she was some times mistreated because of her struggles and i really just wanted her to find some happiness in her life. As we read, we discover alot more about her and what has shaped her as a character.

This was a tense read that left me as a reader feeling anxious and panicked on Darcys behalf as the book took you into its final few chapters, into the horrors that await. It was brilliantly written with a fantastic build up of tension, stress and anxiety surrounding the characters - you could feel the tension in the air.

It was written in a way that you felt compelled to constantly pick this read up to get answers, whilst not giving too much away that as a reader you never really are sure where it was going.  A brilliant thriller that really is something else.

You can pick this up from amazon here.
I was gifted an e-arc for review.

im is the million-copy bestselling author of twelve psychological crime thrillers. THE APARTMENT, will be published in -April 2020 by Thomas and Mercer and is now available for pre-order.

Kim's titles are also published by Bookouture, Audible and are available in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson

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