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She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant…
She bursts into my life like a storm, and nothing is the same again. She seems so perfect, with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, I watch as my friends fall under her spell.
Only I seem to suspect something. Only I see that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. And when I’m accused of things I didn’t do, when my home is vandalized, I know she’s behind it. But she only lets her mask slip when no one is looking, so if I say anything, I’ll look crazy.
So when the baby shower comes around I’m there, sitting on a velvet sofa in a posh hotel room, surrounded by balloons. We share gifts, we pour small glasses of champagne, and she beams, her bump just visible under her bright red shirt.
But that afternoon, I finally learn the unbelievable truth.
There is no baby…
A stunningly twisty story of toxic female friendships, guilt and lies from S.E. Lynes, author of the no.1 bestseller The Housewarming. If you like Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins, you’ll be glued to The Baby Shower.
Gosh, where do I start with this book? There’s just so much praise that I want to give it.
I really liked Jane, the main character, and her husband Frankie. They’re such a solid and likeable couple, who’ve managed to come through a lot together and emerge stronger.
Jane has a really nice group of friends, and then along comes Lexie, introduced to the group by her friend Sophie. Lexie is one of those characters where I wished that I knew someone else who was reading the book at the same time as me, so we could go “oh my God, can you believe what she just did?” together. It’s all quite subtle, but certainly seems like bullying targeted at Jane.
The plot is told from several points of view and it’s really clever. There are so many little details that all come together and make sense at the end. There are a few short chapters sprinkled in that tie in with the prologue, and at first we don’t know who is the narrator for these. It really builds the tension.
I could not put this book down at all, and it had me reading late into the night, and dying to return to it at the end of the day. Absolutely superb, dark and suspenseful, this is definitely one of of my top books of the year so far.
Former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’, ‘beautifully written’ psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? and her latest novel, THE HOUSEWARMING, available for pre-order NOW.
After completing her MA, Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.
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