Hello, hello! I am so excited to be one of the tour stops for Single by K.L. Slater, which is hosted by the fantastic team at Bookouture! Also, today is release day!!
Author: K.L. Slater
Publication: 25 November 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Psychological Thriller
‘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 …
From the million-copy-bestselling author K.L. Slater this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us this book is for you.
It’s no secret that I love K.L. Slater’s books, so every time the opportunity to read another one arises, I immediately jump on it.
The story opens with Darcy, a widowed mother of two boys: Kane and Harrison, who relinquishes custody to her in-laws in order to enter a mental rehabilitation center following the death of her husband. Fast forward four years, and Darcy is back with her boys. Unfortunately, her in-laws constantly motherhen her and treat her like an eggshell that is going to crack at any point.
Darcy’s world comes crashing down when Kane suffers a severe asthma attack at the park. Thankfully, Dr. George Mortimer was in the vicinity, and his quick action saved her son’s life. No only is George an esteemed doctor, but he is also a single father to a six year old daughter. Eventually Darcy and George start seeing each other, which leads to George inviting Darcy and her sons to live with him and his daughter.
Life seems like it’s picture perfect for Darcy and George until Darcy receives flowers with a dire message. George claims the flowers are from his ex who’s stalking him. Darcy knows that there’s more to the story than George is letting on, but she’s harboring secrets of her own.
This book was definitely one heck of a roller coaster ride. The plot progresses quickly and is packed with twists and turns. K.L. Slater does a fantastic job of keeping up the suspenseful atmosphere in this one, and I was definitely questioning my own sanity while reading this.
There were definitely times that I found Darcy frustrating because her character is so broken at the beginning, which is a trope in thrillers that I am not a fan of. However, she does end up being the perfect character for the execution of this story, and by the end I was rooting for her.
Overall, if you’re look for a fast-paced and thrilling page-turner, definitely check this one out!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing an eARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of nine standalone psychological crime thrillers. SINGLE, her new thriller, is published November 2019.
Order of publication:
SAFE WITH ME (2016)
THE MISTAKE (2017)
THE VISITOR (2018)
THE SECRET (2018)
FINDING GRACE (2019)
THE SILENT ONES (2019)
THE APARTMENT – AN AUDIBLE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION (2019)
Her titles are published in eBook by Bookouture and in paperback by Sphere (UK) and Grand Central (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. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham.
Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson