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THE TWISTY NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE RUMOUR As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare. 'This time it's different. She's gone too far now. She really has.' When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together THE TWISTY NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE RUMOUR As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare. 'This time it's different. She's gone too far now. She really has.' When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together - and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice's friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend's death. Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness? Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you're planning the perfect revenge . . . PRAISE FOR LESLEY KARA 'Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.' Paula Hawkins, No.1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train 'Lesley Kara does an excellent job of making readers' heads spin as we are forced constantly to change our minds about who is ally and who enemy.' Sunday Express 'Instantly immersive, then intriguing, then insanely suspenseful, then ... the truth. Believe me, Lesley Kara knows what she's doing' Lee Child


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THE TWISTY NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE RUMOUR As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare. 'This time it's different. She's gone too far now. She really has.' When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together THE TWISTY NEW THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE RUMOUR As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare. 'This time it's different. She's gone too far now. She really has.' When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together - and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice's friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend's death. Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness? Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you're planning the perfect revenge . . . PRAISE FOR LESLEY KARA 'Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.' Paula Hawkins, No.1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train 'Lesley Kara does an excellent job of making readers' heads spin as we are forced constantly to change our minds about who is ally and who enemy.' Sunday Express 'Instantly immersive, then intriguing, then insanely suspenseful, then ... the truth. Believe me, Lesley Kara knows what she's doing' Lee Child

30 review for The Dare

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Suddenly, I hate Alice Dawson. I hate her because she isn't telling me something. I hate her because she's pretty and doesn't wear glasses or have frizzy red hair or epilepsy. I hate her so much I can barely breathe. I accuse her of being two-faced - the ultimate insult - and we start screaming at each other. Alice marches off towards the next stile and it's as much as I can do to keep up with her. We're arguing the whole time: me hurling insults at Alice's back, Alice stopping every so EXCERPT: Suddenly, I hate Alice Dawson. I hate her because she isn't telling me something. I hate her because she's pretty and doesn't wear glasses or have frizzy red hair or epilepsy. I hate her so much I can barely breathe. I accuse her of being two-faced - the ultimate insult - and we start screaming at each other. Alice marches off towards the next stile and it's as much as I can do to keep up with her. We're arguing the whole time: me hurling insults at Alice's back, Alice stopping every so often to glare at me over her shoulder and lobbing them straight back. By the time we reach the crossing, we're running out of horrible things to say to each other. We've had rows before, where one or other of us has stormed off - usually me to be honest - but we've always made up in the end. Even after the really bad one we had last month. This time seems different. More final. And that's when everything goes fuzzy. When the clear blue of the sky and the vivid greens of the grass and trees collide in a messy blur and the only sound in my ears is the vibration of the track. The crescendo of that long metallic note filling my head unbearable noise. The next thing I know, I'm sitting in a puddle of wee by the side of the track and a train has stopped. But trains never stop here. It's the middle of a field. I'm feeling all groggy. Where's Alice? What's happened? Then I see one of the sleeves of her denim jacket, caught up in the branches of a bush. Only . . . only it's not just a sleeve. Hot bile rushes out of my mouth and everything goes black. ABOUT 'THE DARE': As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare. When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death. Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find traumatic memories and paranoia suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness? Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . . MY THOUGHTS: The Dare is an entertaining and easy read from start to finish. The timeline switches between 2007 and 2019, and is told mostly from Lizzie's point of view with an increasing number of inserts from the unknown other person as the book progresses. I am impressed that the author chose to inflict epilepsy on Lizzie - it's not a 'fashionable' affliction, not one that we read about often. It is often misunderstood, and even feared. Kara has done an excellent job of portraying the fears and insecurities that epileptics experience every day. The Dare is an addictive and gripping read. I read it every moment I could. It took me some time to figure out what was going on, and even then my sympathies wavered. This is a well thought out plot that is also well executed with believable twists and a shocking finale. I am excited when I see that this author is releasing a new book, and The Dare definitely didn't disappoint. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #TheDare #NetGalley #LesleyKaraAuthor @LesleyKara @BantamPress #contemporaryfiction #mystery #psychologicalthriller #suspense THE AUTHOR: Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Dare by Lesley Kara for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Alice Dawson and Lizzie Molyneux are best friends, sadly tragedy strikes when they are thirteen and Alice is killed in an accident. Lizzie has no memory of what happens, is unable to give evidence to the authorities although obviously this haunts her into adulthood. Fast forward twelve years, Lizzie is now in a relationship with GP Ross Murray when her buried memories start to resurface and an uneasy sense of something ominous builds. Will she be able to finally lay ghosts to rest? The story is Alice Dawson and Lizzie Molyneux are best friends, sadly tragedy strikes when they are thirteen and Alice is killed in an accident. Lizzie has no memory of what happens, is unable to give evidence to the authorities although obviously this haunts her into adulthood. Fast forward twelve years, Lizzie is now in a relationship with GP Ross Murray when her buried memories start to resurface and an uneasy sense of something ominous builds. Will she be able to finally lay ghosts to rest? The story is told backwards and forwards from 2007 to 2019 and this works really well especially as the tone changes from teenage to adult Lizzie. This is a gripping easy novel right from the start. It’s well written with a good premise and plot and although I partially guessed some aspects it does not detract from being a good read. I like the way the author sets up the past colliding with the present and ramps up tension and suspense. There are some sucker punch twists and revelations as Lizzie probes and investigates the past. It’s builds extremely well to an exciting and tense conclusion. At times you want to yell warnings at Lizzie especially regarding the old adage of leopards and spots! Overall, another entertaining psychological thriller from Lesley Kara which I recommend to fans of the genre. With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House/Transworld for the arc in return for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... Lizzie and Alice are 13 years old and best friends. After going out on a walk, Alice dies in what appears to be a tragic accident, but Lizzie can't remember what happened cause she suffered a seizure and has no memory of the accident. Twelve years later, Lizzie is recently engaged to Ross, a GP, but when old memories start resurfacing her happy life will be endangered. "The dare" may not have the most original premise or the fastest pac Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... Lizzie and Alice are 13 years old and best friends. After going out on a walk, Alice dies in what appears to be a tragic accident, but Lizzie can't remember what happened cause she suffered a seizure and has no memory of the accident. Twelve years later, Lizzie is recently engaged to Ross, a GP, but when old memories start resurfacing her happy life will be endangered. "The dare" may not have the most original premise or the fastest pace, but it still is totally addictive. I was gripped right from the start. The dual timelines worked perfectly as they managed to show the growth Lizzie's character experienced in the twelve years between both temporal lines. Nothing worse than to have a character speaking in the same voice as a teen and as an adult. As one comes to expect in the domestic suspense genre there are a few twists and the one at the end of part 1 left me totally gobsmacked. Well done, Ms. Kara! The suspense was very well dosed throughout the story and the feeling that something bad could happen to Lizzie anytime was always there. Also, the fact that she could suffer another seizure any minute added to this increased tension. The conclusion was convincing although I missed a bit more of a thrill in Lizzie's final confrontation. Well written, with a plot and twists that will appeal to all psychological suspense lovers. It was my first book by Lesley Kara but certainly won't be my last. I DARE you to read it and not like it! Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Bantam Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they were blissfully unaware that this will be teir final day together. Lizzie has no memory of what happen in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have beena tragic accident. Twelve years later, Lizzie is unpacking boxes in the new home ahe shares with her fiance Ross. Ahe is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they were blissfully unaware that this will be teir final day together. Lizzie has no memory of what happen in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have beena tragic accident. Twelve years later, Lizzie is unpacking boxes in the new home ahe shares with her fiance Ross. Ahe is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her? The story is told in a series of flashbacks at the time of the accident and and Lizzie's life in the present day. The pace is slow in the first half of the book but it steadily picks up it's oace. It's also filled with plenty of twists. The plotline has been well thought out and executed. I was caught up in the story from the start and it held my attention throughout. The characters are well rounded and believable. I found this gripping read hard to put down. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #RandomHouseUK #TransworldPublishers and te author #LesleyKara for my ARC #TheDare in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    What a crazy, twisty psychological thriller The Dare is! I read this in a day, my last read of 2020. It was addictive and kept me needing more. I loved the way we learned about Lizzie and Alice through alternate chapters of the present and the past. If you have read Lesley Kara books before you will know how she loved to shock and The Dare was no different. 12 years ago Alice’s best friend Lizzie was killed while they were out in a walk. Alice remembers nothing and is blamed by her school friends What a crazy, twisty psychological thriller The Dare is! I read this in a day, my last read of 2020. It was addictive and kept me needing more. I loved the way we learned about Lizzie and Alice through alternate chapters of the present and the past. If you have read Lesley Kara books before you will know how she loved to shock and The Dare was no different. 12 years ago Alice’s best friend Lizzie was killed while they were out in a walk. Alice remembers nothing and is blamed by her school friends and Lizzie’s family. 12 years later and she is finally happy and moving on with her life. But the past is never far away. Thanks to Bantam Press and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Woah! This is another gripping, extremely grossing, surprising and deliciously twisty thriller just like the author works of the author! The book’s conjunction between Lizzie’s teenage time and present constructed clearly. You slowly gather more clues to solve the big mystery without confusing things. Lizzie is absolutely connectable character, suffering from epilepsy for years, always careful about her limits, surrounded by her protective parents, still grieving with the loss of her best frien Woah! This is another gripping, extremely grossing, surprising and deliciously twisty thriller just like the author works of the author! The book’s conjunction between Lizzie’s teenage time and present constructed clearly. You slowly gather more clues to solve the big mystery without confusing things. Lizzie is absolutely connectable character, suffering from epilepsy for years, always careful about her limits, surrounded by her protective parents, still grieving with the loss of her best friend Alice who died in an accident when they were only 13! Worst part of her traumatic experience is she cannot remember anything about the accident which has taken life of her friend because at the same time she has been crushed by train, Lizzie has been suffering from a seizure. Before the accident, they had a terrible fight and she said so many bad things to her friend she wished to take back. For years she reverses back and tries to father the pieces together to remember exactly what happened that ominous day. She was blamed by Alice’s vengeful sister Catherine who insisted she must have done something to her sister. And she poisoned everyone in Alice’s friend circle against her which ended up Lizzie’s family’s urgent move from the town for a fresh start. After 12 years later, Lizzie seems like she has it all, deciding to go to college, living with her charming, caring fiancée Ross who is also an ambitious DP with a bright feature ahead of him. But lately so many things seem wrong starting with the news about 11 years old little girl’s death on the train rails which brings out more ugly memories from her past. She also gets so many silent phone calls . Actually they are not silent: you may barely hear moving train sound at the background. And her lovely fiancée is nonstop mentioning the new nurse he starred to work with him. Should she be jealous? Absolutely because she finds out at their housewarming party, the new nurse her fiancée works with Catherine who turned her teenage life into hell, dares to come to their house without warning. As soon as Catherine’s involving into picture, Lizzie’s level of seizures get escalated. Catherine acts like she’s different person and she’s so sorry what she’s done to her in the past. But could she tell her the truth? Because somebody truly tries so hard to play freaking mind games with Lizzie till she remembers what happened that ominous day and the worst part of it: those games are working: she eventually starts remembering which opens up can of worms, revealing too many dark secrets she may hardly digest! I absolutely enjoyed this fast pacing, psychological thriller. Some of the twists are so obvious from the beginning but big one of them deliciously sucker punched. I didn’t expect that one! It’s ideal popcorn& wine& chill out reading! I highly recommend to riveting, one sit thriller lovers like me! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/ Ballantine Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    After the triumph of ‘The Rumour’ and the follow up of ‘who did you tell?’ I wondered how Book 3 would compare It compares well Here we meet Lizzie, still grieving over the death of her best friend Alice 12 years earlier, but she is settled in a new home, has a great partner and is thinking of going to Uni as she has always wanted to, life is generally good But the past has a way of becoming the present and with the unwelcome arrival of someone from that past, (someone Lizzie would prefer never to After the triumph of ‘The Rumour’ and the follow up of ‘who did you tell?’ I wondered how Book 3 would compare It compares well Here we meet Lizzie, still grieving over the death of her best friend Alice 12 years earlier, but she is settled in a new home, has a great partner and is thinking of going to Uni as she has always wanted to, life is generally good But the past has a way of becoming the present and with the unwelcome arrival of someone from that past, (someone Lizzie would prefer never to have seen again) all bets are off and the story takes a terrifying turn and turns into a full on race against time psychological thriller Great characters, red herrings a plenty and genuine shocks and surprises made this a ‘want to read quick book’ and was a more than satisfying tale that spanned years, families, secrets and revenge Epilepsy features in the book and was written about well and informatively and gave the reader a personal insight into this illness Exciting and dramatic and I had no need to wonder if Book 3 would be as good as the previous 2 10/10 5 Stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and Alice are best friends. Alice is a popular girl and Lizzie is not as much and suffers from epilepsy and the other kids around think she is a freak. But Alice is there for her and that is the only thing that matters. So, one day the girls decide to go for a walk near the rail tracks and ends up having an argument that make Lizzie have a seizure. When she wakes up, she can’t remember a thing except her friend best friend is dead and her sister Catherine thinks that she Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and Alice are best friends. Alice is a popular girl and Lizzie is not as much and suffers from epilepsy and the other kids around think she is a freak. But Alice is there for her and that is the only thing that matters. So, one day the girls decide to go for a walk near the rail tracks and ends up having an argument that make Lizzie have a seizure. When she wakes up, she can’t remember a thing except her friend best friend is dead and her sister Catherine thinks that she killed her. Twelve years later, Life is sweet. Lizzie is coming to terms with Alice’s death and she hasn’t had a seizure for a few years, and she lives with her fiancé Ross in a new house. Ross is a doctor and is hoping to be a partner at the practice he works at. So, they decide to have a housewarming party with mostly Ross’ work colleagues. When he introduces the new practice nurse, he keeps talking about to her and it turns out to be Catherine, Alice’s sister. This brings back old memories of what happened that tragic day and the aftermath and her fiancé Ross is behaving weirdly towards her. The Dare is another tense. gripping thriller from the author told mainly in Lizzie’s point of view. At first, I wasn’t sure how this story was going to pan out and how it clued together but, in the second part of the book it suddenly came clear and I thought how clever it came through. It also made me feel a bit claustrophobic in the last chapters of the book which I do not normally feel. This is another great read. 4 stars from me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rubie Clark

    Thank You Ballantine Books for the NetGalley approval! I was patiently waiting with my fingers and toes crossed! So dang pumped to read The Dare!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    2 friends went for a walk in the woods, only one came back and the other was found smashed up on the railway tracks. 12 years later, someone started calling. Having read both author Lesley Kara’s earlier books, I was hoping this book was like her first one, The Rumor. The pace was slightly slow with dual timelines bringing forth past and present. I got to know Lizzie and her friendship with Alice and all the accusations that happened post the accident. The author dealt with Lizzie’s epilepsy sensi 2 friends went for a walk in the woods, only one came back and the other was found smashed up on the railway tracks. 12 years later, someone started calling. Having read both author Lesley Kara’s earlier books, I was hoping this book was like her first one, The Rumor. The pace was slightly slow with dual timelines bringing forth past and present. I got to know Lizzie and her friendship with Alice and all the accusations that happened post the accident. The author dealt with Lizzie’s epilepsy sensitively, and I liked seeing her determination at the end. The premise hooked me, and the prose certainly compelled me to read faster. 12 years, according to me, was too long a time to get revenge. Hence I was curious about the perp who had been in hiding so patiently all this time. Twists were interjected in the prose at the right time, keeping me intrigued. I would say writing flowed well enough to keep me stuck to my book. There was an implosion of secrets with an explosion of truths at the end. Quite entertaining.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    The Dare is a tale of secrets, lies, betrayal and manipulation and I loved it! It’s the definition of a psychological thriller with twists, turns and oodles of tension. Told across three timelines: Before and after Alice’s death. The past explores Lizzie’s friendship with Alice, and the events surrounding Alice’s death, it also follows the aftermath of Alice’s death and how Lizzie coped. In the present day Lizzie is now in her mid-twenties. She lives with her fiancée Ross, a GP, and life is goin The Dare is a tale of secrets, lies, betrayal and manipulation and I loved it! It’s the definition of a psychological thriller with twists, turns and oodles of tension. Told across three timelines: Before and after Alice’s death. The past explores Lizzie’s friendship with Alice, and the events surrounding Alice’s death, it also follows the aftermath of Alice’s death and how Lizzie coped. In the present day Lizzie is now in her mid-twenties. She lives with her fiancée Ross, a GP, and life is going smoothly. Unfortunately, there’s something sinister afoot, Lizzie has no recollection of what happened in the minutes before Alice died, but someone leaves her chilling reminders, someone whose determined to find out what actually happened to Alice on the day of her tragic death. Lesley Kara weaves the three time lines together flawlessly, slowly drip feeding the reader with just enough details to keep our attention firmly on the pages of the book, culminating in the past and present colliding in a heart thumping conclusion. The plot first appears to have a few unbelievable coincidences, but as it’s a psychological thriller, I should have put my trust in the author, and overtime every think makes sense. I really appreciated the well-placed twists in this book, and even though I thought I knew where the plot was heading, it still shocked me on at least a couple of occasions. The Dare may not have the most original premise, but it’s a book I really enjoyed. There are so many reveals that made this book such a satisfying read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    4.25* Gore score 🗡(1/5) A new author to me. Alice and Lizzie are best friends, while on their favourite walk there is a tragic accident following an argument and Alice is killed by a train on a level crossing. Lizzie had an epileptic fit, and remembers nothing of the event. Following it she is shunned and bullied by her friends and Alice’s sister. The book is told in 2 time frames by Lizzy, at the time of Alice’s death and the current time frame which is 12 years later. It’s evident that the past 4.25* Gore score 🗡(1/5) A new author to me. Alice and Lizzie are best friends, while on their favourite walk there is a tragic accident following an argument and Alice is killed by a train on a level crossing. Lizzie had an epileptic fit, and remembers nothing of the event. Following it she is shunned and bullied by her friends and Alice’s sister. The book is told in 2 time frames by Lizzy, at the time of Alice’s death and the current time frame which is 12 years later. It’s evident that the past still haunts her, she is questioning her present situation, newly engaged to a GP with life seemingly going well. She has struggled to get her epilepsy under control since childhood, but finally it seems to be stable. Her epilepsy plays an important part in the story, and I felt it was depicted really well. It’s medium paced,with an easing going style, it drew me in and swept me along. I didn’t find the characters likeable, but it in no way stopped me really engaging with the book. The ending, wow, the tension and pace is ramped right up. I’ve agonised over my final score, the ending is very much 5* for me, the body of the book 4*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    I'm absolutely loved The Dare! The Dare is about Lizzie who suffers from epilepsy and she couldn't remember what happened in the past. The memories started coming back when she opened a box full of her childhood memories. This book has fast pacing from the beginning until the end. The story is told from Lizzie's perspective mostly and the story is told backwards and forwards from 2007 and 2019. This book is well written and I loved how I can differentiate Lizzie's tone when she was a teenager and I'm absolutely loved The Dare! The Dare is about Lizzie who suffers from epilepsy and she couldn't remember what happened in the past. The memories started coming back when she opened a box full of her childhood memories. This book has fast pacing from the beginning until the end. The story is told from Lizzie's perspective mostly and the story is told backwards and forwards from 2007 and 2019. This book is well written and I loved how I can differentiate Lizzie's tone when she was a teenager and when she's an adult. I was so mad at Catherine and Ross like I couldn't believe they would do such things. And I felt sympathy for Lizzie like I want to be her best friend and be there for her. Overall, this is another yet again an amazing, well written psychological thriller by Lesley Kara. Please pick this up! Thank you Times Reads for sending me a copy of The Dare in return for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kerry-louise Jones

    Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before her best friend Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. Skip ahead to 12 years later and Lizzie is moving on with her life, she has moved in with her fiancé and is going to go back to college. But strange things keep happening, is she being haunted by the past or is someone out for revenge. This is the second thriller I have read by Lesley Kara as I was on the blog tour for who did you tell, and I think this Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before her best friend Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. Skip ahead to 12 years later and Lizzie is moving on with her life, she has moved in with her fiancé and is going to go back to college. But strange things keep happening, is she being haunted by the past or is someone out for revenge. This is the second thriller I have read by Lesley Kara as I was on the blog tour for who did you tell, and I think this is even better than the last. I read it in just a few sittings and was thinking about it when I was I put it down. The tension the author creates oozed off the page and at times I just wanted to shake Lizzie and say 'can't you see what's happening here!!' I did predict two of the main twists but in no way did this detract from my reading pleasure, in fact it enhanced it as it played out as I wanted it to in my head which gave me a whole separate sense of satisfaction.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chanel Lindsay

    I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Steadily paced, intriguing and full of suspense, Lesley Kara has certainly delivered another thrilling read! A little slow to begin with but it certainly picks up quickly. The alternative past/present chapters provided excellent insight to both the story and the characters. Lizzie was a easy character to feel sympathy for, and with some well-placed twists, I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Steadily paced, intriguing and full of suspense, Lesley Kara has certainly delivered another thrilling read! A little slow to begin with but it certainly picks up quickly. The alternative past/present chapters provided excellent insight to both the story and the characters. Lizzie was a easy character to feel sympathy for, and with some well-placed twists, and shocking truths, my empathy for her grew the more I read. I kinda guessed the reveal, but 'The Dare' was definitely not what I had expected. A rather satisfying ending overall. Can't wait for this author's next!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Tayla

    What an absolutely compelling read that was! I started The Dare after a shift at work, prior to an event (as I needed to pass some time and I didn’t have any of my other current reads on me!) and oh goodness me, let me tell you that once I was drawn into the delicate themes and plot of The Dare, I just couldn’t quite bring myself to put it down! Oh, where do I begin! I mean, broadly speaking, the twists throughout definitely kept me on my toes! Although I felt like one of the ‘main’ reveals happe What an absolutely compelling read that was! I started The Dare after a shift at work, prior to an event (as I needed to pass some time and I didn’t have any of my other current reads on me!) and oh goodness me, let me tell you that once I was drawn into the delicate themes and plot of The Dare, I just couldn’t quite bring myself to put it down! Oh, where do I begin! I mean, broadly speaking, the twists throughout definitely kept me on my toes! Although I felt like one of the ‘main’ reveals happened sort of in the middle of the book, in brilliant Lesley Kara fashion, she weaves in unnerving trickles of suspense throughout, such as static phone calls that sound awfully like they could be disguising the whir of a train track, to the careful placement of a little toy train atop Lizzie’s fiance’s fence, all suggesting that someone hadn’t quite forgotten what tragically happened all those years ago! It’s interesting, initially I wondered if Lizzie would be placed in that unreliable narrator category, purely because I felt like she could be conveying to the reader her innocence in what happened, that it was just a tragic accident, purely coincidental that she and Alice were fighting on the train track and that Lizzie did have an epileptic fit, unable to know what was about to happen to her best friend! Yet, I did wonder from time to time…but then I realised that, I think, it was all quite clever because as much as Lizzie herself was trying to ignore the malicious rumours thrown towards her, because no way would she have pushed her best friend, even if she was blindly jealous of her at times! All throughout, I was just trying to piece together the mystery of what happened that tragic day, wondering all of this! Now, if we jump ahead 12 years, by no means has Lizzie let the pain and memories of what happened go, but things were definitely comfortable for her, seemingly having her epilepsy under control, settled into a new house with her fiance, Ross. What’s completely evident too, is someone has revenge on their mind and the fact that The Dare was cleverly told not only from Lizzie’s point of view in the present, but also in the past too, projecting the reader right into the heart and sometimes dark grit that was her friendship with Alice! Also, they’re some quite menacing scenes in between some chapters and story parts, but let me just tell you how Lesley Kara weaved the past to the present was quite remarkable! Connecting the supporting characters in the fashion that she did rendered me slightly bemused, astounded at times, but it completely worked! Definitely recommend The Dare to anyone who loves a Psychological Thriller filled with twists and turns, I know I couldn’t stop turning the pages!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Nikolic

    This story begins in July 2007, best friends Alice and Lizzie are looking forward to spending the six weeks summer holidays together, on the first day they head off for a walk, but while they are out Lizzie, who suffers with epilepsy, has a seizure, when she regains consciousness Alice is dead and Lizzie has no recollection of what happened beforehand. Alice's family are convinced she's lying and is somehow responsible for her best friends death and Lizzie is alienated by them all. Fast forward This story begins in July 2007, best friends Alice and Lizzie are looking forward to spending the six weeks summer holidays together, on the first day they head off for a walk, but while they are out Lizzie, who suffers with epilepsy, has a seizure, when she regains consciousness Alice is dead and Lizzie has no recollection of what happened beforehand. Alice's family are convinced she's lying and is somehow responsible for her best friends death and Lizzie is alienated by them all. Fast forward twelve years to 2019 and Lizzie is moving in with her fiance Ross, she's never really got over Alice dying and the way people treated her, but she's slowly getting her life back together until strange things start happening, is her past coming back to haunt her and will the truth of what happened that day finally be revealed? The Dare is told in three parts and across two timelines, alternating at each chapter. It's a slow burner through part one and you wonder where the author is going with the story, but part two reveals things that start to make sense and by part three all the pieces of the jigsaw fit together perfectly. As someone who also has epilepsy, I felt a connection with Lizzie, understanding how it feels to have this stigma hanging over you and the after effects of her episodes are very accurately portrayed. It's a tense read, with quite a few twists along the way, and that final one was most unexpected. This is the first I've read by this author but certainly won't be the last. I'd like to thank Random House UK Transworld and Netgalley for the approval, I will post my review on Goodreads now and Amazon on publication day.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bookshortie

    Thirteen year old Lizzie and Alice were best friend. The last time Lizzie saw Alice was when they went for a walk together in the countryside. The next thing Lizzie remembers is waking up from a seizure, a train has stopped near to her and Alice is dead. Lizzie doesn’t remember exactly what happened as she blacked out during her seizure. The timeline in the book flits between past and present. In the past we are given an insight into Lizzie and Alice’s friendship. Her friends and Alice’s family d Thirteen year old Lizzie and Alice were best friend. The last time Lizzie saw Alice was when they went for a walk together in the countryside. The next thing Lizzie remembers is waking up from a seizure, a train has stopped near to her and Alice is dead. Lizzie doesn’t remember exactly what happened as she blacked out during her seizure. The timeline in the book flits between past and present. In the past we are given an insight into Lizzie and Alice’s friendship. Her friends and Alice’s family don’t believe Lizzie’s version of events and are certain she had something to do with Alice’s death. Lizzie is bullied at school and terrorised until her parents decide to move away from the area. In the present, 12 years later, Lizzie lives with her fiancé who has no idea about her past. Her parents visit bringing with them a box of her belongings which brings back memories of Alice and what happened. Then the odd phone calls start, a figure from the past resurfaces and Lizzie realises quickly that she has opened a Pandora’s box of secrets which can never be closed. When the truth starts to unfold Lizzie has to ask herself who can she really trust. This was a fantastic psychological thriller which kept me guessing from the first page, especially trying to work out what ‘The Dare’ itself was and who was involved. I had an inkling about where the story was going and how the characters were all linked, but then I read to the end of part one and after the plot twist I was completely thrown. When the dare itself was revealed I was completely shocked. This was a gripping and well written read. As the story progresses multiple storylines were presented which were all woven together perfectly and resolved at the end. This was definitely a book that had me on the edge of my seat. It was atmospheric and filled with suspense. If you like your books filled with friendship, obsession and revenge or love psychological thrillers then I would highly recommend this book to you. I received a gifted copy for an honest review

  19. 5 out of 5

    McBreakneck

    The Dare - Lesley Kara Psychological Thriller (Cover pictured) Lizzie should be happy, newly engaged to Ross, a successful GP, and moving into their first house together. Two dark shadows loom over Lizzie's life. She is epileptic, and her childhood best friend Alice was killed by a train. Lizzie was the only person present but has no memory of what actually happened as she was having an epileptic seizure at the time. Using a past and present narrative, (the events in childhood around the tragic death The Dare - Lesley Kara Psychological Thriller (Cover pictured) Lizzie should be happy, newly engaged to Ross, a successful GP, and moving into their first house together. Two dark shadows loom over Lizzie's life. She is epileptic, and her childhood best friend Alice was killed by a train. Lizzie was the only person present but has no memory of what actually happened as she was having an epileptic seizure at the time. Using a past and present narrative, (the events in childhood around the tragic death of Alice, and Lizzie in her mid twenties), the psychological drama creeps up. Haunted by the past and increasingly fearful of the future, Lizzie starts to doubt those closest to her. Atmospheric, empathetic and easy reading drew me then swept me along, and then the tension ramps up in the second half building to a very satisfying finale. I have to say Lizzie's epilepsy is one of the best uses of a medical condition in a character I've read. It is sensitively handed and provides a constant source of anxiety keeping Lizzie and the reader on edge, and opens up many interesting plot lines. I couldn't wait to read this, Lesley Kara's previous novel 'Who Did You Tell?' was one of my favourite reads of last year. The Dare is very accomplished and original, it didn't grab me quite as hard as 'Who Did You Tell?' but is still recommended. 4* Thanks to Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    Lesley Kara has done it again! Her books are the perfect choice if you fancy a twisty psychological thriller that will keep you awake all night, unable to put it down. I’ve loved her previous books and I loved this one too-I couldn’t get enough of it! Lizzie has epilepsy and one day when she awakes from a fit, she realises her best friend Alice has been killed by a train. What happened to Alice and did Lizzie have anything to do with her death? 12 years may have passed but there’s still no memory Lesley Kara has done it again! Her books are the perfect choice if you fancy a twisty psychological thriller that will keep you awake all night, unable to put it down. I’ve loved her previous books and I loved this one too-I couldn’t get enough of it! Lizzie has epilepsy and one day when she awakes from a fit, she realises her best friend Alice has been killed by a train. What happened to Alice and did Lizzie have anything to do with her death? 12 years may have passed but there’s still no memory of what happened that day-not for her anyway! But someone is out to discover the truth about Alice’s accident and as memories start to return, Lizzie may be in more danger than she releases… There were so many twists, turns and red herrings in The Dare that I had no clue where it was going and I absolutely loved that! I thought I was being pretty clever at one point working out exactly what was going on but I was way off target! This is such an addictive, clever read that keeps you guessing from start to finish. So if you fancy a gripping, deliciously devious and shocking tale the The Dare is the book for you! Lesley Kara is a must read author for me and I highly recommend you try her books if you haven’t already.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle Hazelden

    4.5 stars for this thrilling tale. Told from dual points of view and broken down into three parts, each one giving us glimpses into the past and present, this is a story that will make your head spin. I read the dare in under three hours. The need to know just how it would end was strong. And with all the twists and turns, I could have never of guessed those last few words. In my head I screamed nnnnoooooo. Well played Lesley, well played. The character that had me on the edge of my seat was Ross. 4.5 stars for this thrilling tale. Told from dual points of view and broken down into three parts, each one giving us glimpses into the past and present, this is a story that will make your head spin. I read the dare in under three hours. The need to know just how it would end was strong. And with all the twists and turns, I could have never of guessed those last few words. In my head I screamed nnnnoooooo. Well played Lesley, well played. The character that had me on the edge of my seat was Ross. Complicated was how I'd describe him. With each part of the book, my mind changed and my feelings towards him differed. Clever writing as I think it took my focus away from guessing just where the plot was leading. Mystery and manipulation make this book what it is. My only complaint is that the last part of the book seemed to rush by. I wanted a bit more from the confrontation at the end, a bigger explosion as the answers to my questions became clear. Over all the dare is a insanely, intriguing. Brilliant character development and great use of varying timelines all move towards a satisfying conclusion. Lesley is an author that knows how to draw in her audience.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Authentikate

    A compulsive read from the author of The Rumor! When Lizzie’s best friend dies she struggles to cope with the loss, not having a memory of the incident due to an epileptic seizure. Years later, the tragic events of that day are brought back to the fore and Lizzie begins to experience “snippets” of memories she is convinced are just dreams. What follows is an addictive thriller packed with jaw drops and twists. The Dare is revealed about midway and even though the major twist at this point is shoc A compulsive read from the author of The Rumor! When Lizzie’s best friend dies she struggles to cope with the loss, not having a memory of the incident due to an epileptic seizure. Years later, the tragic events of that day are brought back to the fore and Lizzie begins to experience “snippets” of memories she is convinced are just dreams. What follows is an addictive thriller packed with jaw drops and twists. The Dare is revealed about midway and even though the major twist at this point is shocking and seems like it might spoil the rest of the book there is still much to be discovered. Many more twists right until the very last page. Once I started this book I lost track of time and could not put it down until I finished it! I have a strained Kindle thumb (seriously, it’s swollen) for my efforts 🤣😂 Thanks to the publisher who offered the arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest take. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy domestic thrillers and suspenseful novels. 4 STARS for a few twists I didn’t see coming!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dom

    Thank you to Netgalley, Random House and of course Lesley Kara for allowing me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. 'My past has caught up with me, like I always knew it would. All this time I’ve been living on a fault line. Now, finally, something inside me cracks and shifts.' This book has absolutely everything! Brilliant lead female! (Who's not Naive) Brilliant Antagonist! (Who's perfectly twisted) Brilliant story! Brilliant written! I loved every single second of this book and even t Thank you to Netgalley, Random House and of course Lesley Kara for allowing me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. 'My past has caught up with me, like I always knew it would. All this time I’ve been living on a fault line. Now, finally, something inside me cracks and shifts.' This book has absolutely everything! Brilliant lead female! (Who's not Naive) Brilliant Antagonist! (Who's perfectly twisted) Brilliant story! Brilliant written! I loved every single second of this book and even though I found the first half a tad slow, the way it has been written meant that I could not pull myself away from it. The flow from past to present along with the snippets of Ross's past was seamless. A dark past, several dark twists and a relieving ending. Make this one of the best books I have read. 'Like that first, dreadful dare. But we were children then. This time, it was different.'

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    Another Lesley Kara thriller that I enjoyed. It's 12 years after Lizzie's best friend Alice died and she has a fiancee and is happy with her life until an old face comes back into her life. No one really knows what happened that day Alice died on the train tracks; Lizzie was the only one with her and she had an epileptic seizure when the awful thing happened so she doesn't remember any of it, not that anyone believes her. The novel is from Lizzie's POV with little sections that are placed througho Another Lesley Kara thriller that I enjoyed. It's 12 years after Lizzie's best friend Alice died and she has a fiancee and is happy with her life until an old face comes back into her life. No one really knows what happened that day Alice died on the train tracks; Lizzie was the only one with her and she had an epileptic seizure when the awful thing happened so she doesn't remember any of it, not that anyone believes her. The novel is from Lizzie's POV with little sections that are placed throughout the book describing someone's feelings and it all becomes clear about halfway through about what is really happening. I was shocked with the reveal but at the same time I was beginning to realise something wasn't right. It is a good twist and the book really picks up in pace at about 70%. It is an easy read and the plot made me want to keep on reading without putting the book down to find out the ending!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Clinton

    This was my first Lesley Kara book, but I saw that people with similar taste in books to me were enjoying this so I decided to request it. I've seen some reviews say that the first half was slow going and I can see what they mean but in my opinion it's important to get the amount of back story we did for the twist to have an impact. Speaking of the twist, I didn't see it coming so kudos to the author for managing to pull the wool over my eyes. I definitely really enjoyed this and couldn't put it This was my first Lesley Kara book, but I saw that people with similar taste in books to me were enjoying this so I decided to request it. I've seen some reviews say that the first half was slow going and I can see what they mean but in my opinion it's important to get the amount of back story we did for the twist to have an impact. Speaking of the twist, I didn't see it coming so kudos to the author for managing to pull the wool over my eyes. I definitely really enjoyed this and couldn't put it down, but there's something stopping me from giving it full marks. I didn't particularly relate to any of the characters and whilst I really enjoyed the story, I'm not sure how memorable it will turn out to be. I would recommend this and I would also be interested in reading more by the author.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    I have read all of Lesley Kara's previous novels and have really enjoyed them. This book was no exception. Kara's writing style is just perfect - I flew through this book, and was gripped right from the start. I loved how the book was structured and paced too - going back and forth in time, and looking from different character perspectives. I think this worked because there were not too many characters - sometimes when a book does this with lots of characters I get a bit lost, but this was just p I have read all of Lesley Kara's previous novels and have really enjoyed them. This book was no exception. Kara's writing style is just perfect - I flew through this book, and was gripped right from the start. I loved how the book was structured and paced too - going back and forth in time, and looking from different character perspectives. I think this worked because there were not too many characters - sometimes when a book does this with lots of characters I get a bit lost, but this was just perfect! It drip feeds information at just the right pace, that it doesn't feel like a bombardment at the end, but keeps you reading and keeps you engrossed throughout. I will continue to read everything Lesley Kara brings out! (The only reason I couldn't give this book the full 5 * was it became a little far fetched at the end.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karis Clements

    I love Lesley Kara’s previous books and was really excited when I received a NetGalley approval for the upcoming book ‘The Dare’. This book has a gripping storyline and I felt intrigued as it all unfolded. I did not like many of the characters, which made the book more enjoyable because you wanted to see what happened to everyone and how it all ended. Lizzie was best friends with Alice and we get glimpses of their friendship and school years, which makes the book really interesting, going betwee I love Lesley Kara’s previous books and was really excited when I received a NetGalley approval for the upcoming book ‘The Dare’. This book has a gripping storyline and I felt intrigued as it all unfolded. I did not like many of the characters, which made the book more enjoyable because you wanted to see what happened to everyone and how it all ended. Lizzie was best friends with Alice and we get glimpses of their friendship and school years, which makes the book really interesting, going between the past and present time. It is fascinating to see the dynamics between all the characters and who you feel you can and cannot trust. This book is great for thriller reading fans who enjoy unpacking a mystery. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for Lesley Kara’s next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jess Excell

    I have read all of Kara’s books and this one was just as enjoyable as the others - I couldn’t put it down and ended up going to bed early as desperate to finish! What a story and what an ending! If you love gripping page turners that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, this is perfect for you ...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Laidler

    𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗕𝘆 𝗟𝗲𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗮 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #gifted for an exchange of a honest reviee @lesleykarawriter #thedare @alison_is_reading #bantambooks #doubleday @annecater14 #randomthingstours  When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together - and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗕𝘆 𝗟𝗲𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗮 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #gifted for an exchange of a honest reviee @lesleykarawriter #thedare @alison_is_reading #bantambooks #doubleday @annecater14 #randomthingstours  When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together - and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice's friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend's death. Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness? Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you're planning the perfect revenge . . . I love Lesley Kara I've read all bar one of her books and I've always been hooked and shocked. So when I saw Kara's new book for this tour I knew I needed it. I will admit that this was a slow burner for me. You are in different timelines. The past, the present and there's also another voice added into this story. It took me a while to get used to the different time lines and also the build up to everything. I also struggled with all the characters, still now with everything being revealed and climaxed, I still not keen on any of them. I felt bad for our main protagonist Lizzie, the horror she's been through, the pain, the bullying and also dealing with her epilepsy. But I couldn't quite gel with her, there were times where I felt she was hiding something. I felt pity, but unlike some books where I'm rooting for the character, here I wasn't. The past talks about Alice, she too sounded not overly nice and I felt the friendship between her and Lizzie wasn't a healthy one. Then there's the dynamic between Ross who I didn't like at the start. I felt something was off with him, I felt like he was lying and hiding things. There was nothing about him that made me like him. So not liking the characters was a struggle as I did not care for any of them. However, regardless of that, the plot and the twist and turns, the plot twists were fantastic. Kara writes amazingly and I can not and never can fault it. I didn't see any of these twists coming till they were revealed and when they did I was left with my mouth open catching flies. I felt part 2 till the end of this book, became fast paced and I was captured wanting to know more. I couldn't put the book down. Twists, secrets, betrayal, lies and murder. What's not to like in a book!? I feel if this story lacked any plot then this would be a flop for me as the characters weren't ones I vibed with. But knowing Kara's book and her writing style I knew that, yes, I didn't like these characters, I did however love the plot and the fast paced it got from halfway point. I had no idea how anything would play out and all my guesses were completely wrong, something Kara does extremely well in. You never know how the story will go with her books. Definitely a book to read if you like your twists and turns. I really enjoyed this in the end and I'm so glad as Kara is an author I really enjoy reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    Alice and Lizzie are best friends. Inseparable but they also have their ups and downs and, like all 13 year olds, do fight on occasion. Sadly, tragedy strikes as Alice is killed in an accident on a train line. Lizzie is found near by coming round from an epileptic fit, and with no memory of the events leading up to what happened. We see in flashback the events before, and following the accident. We witness the friendship between the two girls. We see how Lizzie tries to cop after Alice's death. Alice and Lizzie are best friends. Inseparable but they also have their ups and downs and, like all 13 year olds, do fight on occasion. Sadly, tragedy strikes as Alice is killed in an accident on a train line. Lizzie is found near by coming round from an epileptic fit, and with no memory of the events leading up to what happened. We see in flashback the events before, and following the accident. We witness the friendship between the two girls. We see how Lizzie tries to cop after Alice's death. How Alice's sister turns on her. Back in the present and Lizzie is coping well. She still has little memory of what happened although she does get the odd nightmare. Her epilepsy is more or less under control and she has just moved in with her GP fiance Ross. But her past is thrown back into her present when she and Ross host a house-warming party and he invites people from work. Lizzie is shocked to see that Alice's sister Catherine is now a practice nurse working with Ross. She was so cruel to Lizzie after Alice's death, blaming her, determined to find the truth at all costs, believing that Lizzie knew more than she was telling. But, all these years have appeared to have mellowed Catherine and she wants to make amends for how she treated Lizzie. But is she really sorry or does she have a whole other agenda...? And that's all I am saying about this book. All I can say really as I fear to say more might inject spoilers. I can say that this book had me spinning around chasing my tail quite a few times throughout my time spent with it. It also delivered a few sucker punches that left me reeling. It takes a lot to pull the wool over my eyes so totally but here the author excels. Oh and without leaving me feeling cheated too. I did feel that this was initially a bit slow burning - but when you get to the crux of things you'll see exactly how and why that was important. There are many layers to build up - both in the present and the past - and these need to be savoured as the provide the foundations to the house around Lizzie that the author spends the rest of the book breaking down. Characterisation is on the whole good but there was one character that didn't quite convince me. They seemed to be a contradiction of themself. I'd love to explain but it would spoil things so I can't, but it did annoy me throughout the book so I have to mention it here. That said, it gripped me from the first page, held me captive throughout, spitting me out at the end on the whole satisfied. The past was injected into the narrative in just the right places to add background and colour to what was going on in the present. Pacing was good albeit as already mention slow initially, but it was assisted by having no superfluous padding to distract. There were a few things I found to be a tad implausible but the rest of the book was good enough for me to easily forgive my niggles. All in all, although not as strong as the author's previous books, a good solid read nevertheless. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

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