Book Review: The Woman in the Park by Teresa Sorkin & Tullan Holmqvist (ARC)

Hi bookworms! I am so excited to be the tour stop today for The Woman in the Park by Teresa Sorkin & Tullan Holmqvist, which is being hosted by Suzy’s Approved Book Tours. You can check out the other amazing bloggers on this tour as well!

The Woman in the Park

Authors: Teresa Sorkin & Tullan Holmqvist

Publication Date: 26 August 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Psychological Thriller

Pages: 244

Publisher: Beaufort Books

When Manhattanite Sarah Rock meets a mysterious and handsome stranger in the park, she is drawn to him. Sarah wants to get away from her daily routine, her cheating husband and his crazy mistress, her frequent sessions with her heartless therapist, and her moody children.

But nothing is as it seems. Her life begins to unravel when a woman from the park goes missing and Sarah becomes the prime suspect in the woman’s disappearance. Her lover is nowhere to be found, her husband is suspicious of her, and her therapist is talking to the police. 

With no one to trust, Sarah must face her inner demons and uncover the truth to prove her innocence.

A thriller that questions what is real-with its shocking twists, secrets, and lies―The Woman in the Park will leave readers breathless. 

Coming in at just under 300 pages, these authors know how to deal a whopper of a story in so few pages.

Sarah Rock struggles to find any ounce of happiness in her life. Her husband Eric is becoming more and more absent under the guise of increased travel for business, which only fuels her suspicion that he’s having an affair with his assistant Juliette. Eric consistently tries to reassure Sarah that there is no affair, but Sarah keeps seeing Juliette every where she goes. To make matters worse, Sarah’s two children have been sent away to attend boarding school, so her purpose in life has slowly dwindled away.

With an extra hour to kill prior to her appointment with her therapist Dr. Helena Robin, Sarah decides to go for a walk and ends up in a nearby park reading Theresa Raquin by Emilie Zola. To Sarah’s surprise, she’s approached by the mysterious and gorgeous Lawrence who is an aspiring writer. The two begin to spend more time together since Lawrence feels familiar and reignites a flame inside Sarah that she thought had burned out.

Fast forward four weeks, and the police are knocking on Sarah’s door looking for a woman in the same park that she was at with Lawrence. The woman may look familiar, but Sarah can’t remember. If Sarah gives any information to the police, will she incriminate herself? What will she tell Eric about Lawrence? Why can’t she find Lawrence to clear everything up?

Unlike some books, there is no omniscient narrator, so the entire time I was questioning what was real and what was not just as Sarah was experiencing the same things. I loved Sarah’s character because she flawed and at her breaking point, but all she desires is to reclaim the happiness and passion in her life.

This is one of those books that I was convinced that I knew exactly where the plot was going, and the plot twists hit me like a freight train that I never saw coming. I’m still stunned by that ending. Bravo!

Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours, Beaufort Books, and the authors for providing an ARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Have you read The Woman in the Park? Is it on your TBR? Let’s discuss!

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