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5.0 out of 5 starsBlew me away.
Reviewed in Canada on November 4, 2020
This book completely blew me away. A twist I never saw coming. Prepared myself for a different ending...thought I had it figured out. This was a real nail biter. I'm still astounded. Prepare yourself for a great read. You won't be sorry you purchased this book. It really was a "a jaw dropper". Read and enjoy.
THE GIRL SHE WANTED is the thirteenth psychological thriller by bestselling author of thirteen psychological crime thrillers.by K.L. Slater. After being a huge fan of her novels, I couldn’t wait to read her most recent novel.
Her Novels Include:
Safe With Me (2016) Blink (2017) Liar (2017) The Mistake (2017) The Visitor (2018) The Secret (2018) Closer (2018) Finding Grace (2019) The Silent Ones (2019) Single (2019) The Apartment (2020) Little Whispers (2020) The Girl She Wanted (2020)
The Girl She Wanted is bound to be well received. and will keep you guessing right until the very end. Her novels just get better and better. This is a fabulous read, that will reel you in …one line at a time…
There is a five-year gap between two sisters: Alexa and Carrie, with Alexa being the younger sister. Alexa has always looked up to her older sister Carrie. Carrie lives in Alexa’s family home, a small three-bedroom semi, with Alexa’s husband, Perry and her sister, Alexa and adores their one-year-old niece Florence. Alexa doesn’t know how they would cope without her.
Carrie works at a hospital as a A&E Ward Manager. Recently, the hospital had received a complaint, from a member of the hospital staff regarding a couple of unusual deaths. The hospital launches an internal inquiry in connection with two unexplained deaths in its A&E department. The victims involve a six-month-old baby with a severe viral infection, and one elderly man admitted after a fall, ends up dying of a massive cardiac arrest.
After a formal internal inquiry, under the direction of DI Adam Partridge and DS Nell Tremaine, Carrie is arrested on suspicion of causing the unnatural deaths of two people. Carrie is suspended from her job. Alexa knows how much Carrie loves her niece, and is totally safe in her hands.
Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie. He wants her out of the house. He believes that Carrie could be a danger to their daughter, and tries to convince his wife of this but Alexa shuts him out. Nobody will ever come between her and her sister.
Then Florence is hurt while in Carrie’s care and Alexa at last starts to wonder. Alexa has always wanted to protect Carrie from the past they have hidden. Will the secret that has kept the sisters together now destroy her little girl?
This gripping psychological thriller held my attention from beginning to end, with intricate plot, relatable characters and plenty of twists and turns to the satisfying ending.
Many thanks to the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for my digital copy.
I was a little disappointed in this book. I adore this author and have not read a book that I felt was under 4 stars until now. While the characters were well written, I didn’t find them overly likeable. I also found this one to be a slow burn till the last 1/4 of the book, a little too slow for my liking. Overall the storyline was good and the book was well written. I would have just preferred more action and a faster paced read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2020
If you can’t trust your own sibling particularly one who’s been there for you when you’re at your lowest, who can you trust? That’s the question Alexa has to ask herself as the revelations surrounding two unusual deaths at her sister’s hospital. But is Carrie as guilty as the evidence suggests?
But Alexa’s loyalties are well and truly divided. Her sister has been there for her through thick and thin all her life. But Perry, her husband, is the man she’s chosen to spend the rest of her life with and have a gorgeous baby girl with. I couldn’t help but sympathise with this mixed up woman struggling to make sense of the events going on around. And that before you consider the blow to her confidence that motherhood has dealt; unable to leave the house with her daughter unless Carrie or Perry are by her side.
I have to mention the location. With Nottingham being the backdrop for this tense psychological thriller brought a warm and fuzzy to me. I’m a Nottingham girl originally so the references to familiar locations around the city and its suburbs was great for me.
The Girl She Wants is a thriller that made me chase my tail as I read. I wanted to be Alexa having that confidence in Carrie’s innocence but as I read the police based chapters the doubt crept in. As Alexa’s doubt grew so did my own… but then boom that climax … that was not what I expected in the slightest!!
I’m ashamed to say this is my first novel by K.L. Slater despite me having a number in my kindle. Fortunately for me, I loved The Girl She Wanted so I can’t wait to dive into another Slater creation when my TBR allows.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2020
I ve noticed that often authors write several excellent books (mark Edwards springs to mind ) then it s as if they think that they can produce any old rubbish and people will buy it ! Well I did and this is rubbish The plot was reasonable but the characters were shallow and cliched and the story plodded on getting worser and worse By the end I was skimming the pages just to see who killed who and why When compared to the authors previous books this might have been written by someone completely different and not at all talented , hopefully the next book will be up to standard
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2020
I’m mystified at some of the ecstatic reviews and wonder if they’re genuine! This book is not only badly written, poorly researched: eg- ‘Dr Mosley walked down the corridor with his white coat flapping’ - seriously? Even with basic common knowledge the author should know that Drs stopped wearing white coats decades ago! So many procedural mistakes regarding hospital and police protocol. Come on, no excuse for getting so many things wrong. Lazy. Grammatical errors - ‘we was’ ?!! Long time since I read a book that made me cringe. Makes a complete mockery of serious mental health issues. Don’t believe the hype surrounding this author, folks.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2021
This book appeared to be treading water a bit in the middle, and that gave me time to ponder. It could be I am just irredeemably dim, but: What does the title mean? Why did Perry's work crew turn potentially violent towards him? Why was there not a back-up borehole expert? What hospital has nurses working a 9-5 shift? How did the bereaved daughter obtain the doctor's address, or even suspect him? And so on. Further spoiler: the twist is not so much jaw-dropping as utterly ludicrous.