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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008216983
- Publisher: HQ (1 January 2020)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07SMVCKST
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Praise for SHE:
‘Brutal and brilliant, this novel will leave you breathless’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times number one bestselling author of Lies Lies Lies
'SHE is a dark and delicious guessing game, designed to be read with the same relish as it is told. I gobbled up the story of the villainous Bella and her destruction of her husband Ben’s world in less than a day. Addictive stuff' Louise Candlish
‘This dark, twisted tale makes for an inspired read’ The Sun
‘Addictive’ Crime Monthly
‘SHE is an artful exploration of abuse in all its subtle manifestations’ Magic Radio
‘As the father of three sons, SHE sent shivers down my spine. It’s a darkly disturbing thriller about the daughter-in-law from hell, with an epic twist that turns the whole thing on its head…’ Piers Morgan
'A fabulously engrossing read that draws you in… then hits you straight between the eyes with a clever twist you just don't see coming.’ Jane Moore
‘She is utterly brilliant. Gripping, disturbing in the best possible way with a twist you just WON’T see coming.’ Kate Garraway
‘Secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal are at the heart of this latest story from HC Warner’ Hello!
‘A brilliant read with a twist you won’t see coming’ Closer
‘A gripping tale, we couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’ Bella
‘The brilliance of this book lies in how it reveals each perspective… a real page-turner’ Woman
‘Wonderfully gripping and doubt-inducing’ Woman & Home
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Our man Ben gets himself into all kinds of dramas when his eyes lock with the "lovely" Bella across a crowded bar, and is life is never going to be the same again.
Boy, is Bella a piece of work. I could feel myself tensing up, as each and ever move of hers began to take force. I found myself talking to myself as I was reading. I even yelled out loud at one time saying "oh please don't let me go where I think it is going!" Note - it did!
Now, I did find myself skimming most of Part 2 of the story, as it was part one told from the female POV, with a bit more detail throw in to really throw the reader.
Man, oh man, is Bella a psychopath or what! It was all kinds of Fatal Attraction vibes coming through the story, and I never knew what the crazy b!tch was going to do next!
I loved he secondary characters (well, except for one, and you will find out why when you are reading). Ben's family and friends are just the cure for the bunny boiler Bella!
I found myself rushing to turn the next page, needing to know how the characters were going to get out of the situation he has found himself.
She covers some darker aspects of life, such as physical and emotional abuse. It is mostly a suspense filled book with some romance of sorts thrown in for good measure.
Let's just hope we never, ever meet at Bella in real life
After being so inexplicably dumped by the ebullient Charlotte, Ben was not expecting to bounce into rebound quite so soon. Sweet successful relationship revenge comes in the form of Bella, a drop dead gorgeous young professional who rides into Ben’s life like a hurricane, obliterating everything in her path.
Ben’s friends at first are well and truly convinced that Ben has punched way above his weight with this one, but then they once thought the same about Charlotte as well. Bella’s name describes her perfectly. Bella is a knockout and the complete package; successful, friendly and loving. She knows what she wants and sets a firm path to achieve those goals. Ben is happy to swept up in the ride at first but keeping this dynamo happy is something Ben increasingly is not sure he is capable of.
We are perhaps so used to seeing the male of the species more often leading the charge in crime fiction that to encounter a strong female character doing just that is refreshing change. Bella is a torch of a creation, unapologetic and oddly relatable as well. The secondary characters we meet are the same ones we encounter in every circle of friends, all with a part to play, however small, in the outcome of modern relationships that cannot be fully realized free of the influence of others.
This mad charge of a novel is divided into two parts. The first half is narrated by Dan, and the second half by Bella. It does begin to lag a little as we finish Part One, but all is redeemed when Bella comes to the page once again, telling her own story and not being described to the reader as seen through the lens of a man.
She puts emphasis on the ripple effect upon friends and family of a couple when not everyone approves of the union. Some of it is worthy of an eye-roll, lots of it is perfectly valid. It is quite an interesting study into the dynamics involved when two very different personalities come together, and of the baggage we all carry from one relationship to the next, despite our assurances to self and circles that we do not. Even if this novel was not a screamingly fast paced thriller, She would continue to fascinate on that level of relationship dissection.
She is clever yet popcorn crime fiction that serves it up deliciously cold and blisteringly hot at different times. Convincing and conniving, She shocks the reader into realizing how much might have been missed on that first take - just as we may do in real life when we observe the relationships of others. Which of course enables toxic personalities to nest in deep and thrive.
I really liked this book. No hard-to-follow plots. Just family circumstances, and the effect Bella had on then all. Events gradually unfolding. Not long drawn out at all. I was interested and intrigued to see what would happen.
I read mainly non-fiction; memoirs. I do like my fiction books to be believable, and this totally is; it really could happen. There are people like this, I've had friends who had relatives and friends affected by destructive relationships such as this. I haven't enjoyed a fiction book as much in quite a while, it was a fabulous read all the way through, and with a satisfying end. Many crime thrillers often disappoint me at the end-they might just fizzle out-or the clues might not add up-this was just fantastic and gripped me from start to finish, I was reading it every spare moment.
I really liked how this was this was done so you could see both sides of the story, and what might drive a person to be like this. A fabulous book.
Ben has just broken up with long time girlfriend Charlotte when he meets Bella in a bar in London. Their relationship goes from 0 to 200 in a very short space of time and soon they are living together. But Bella doesn't like to share and wants to keep Ben all for herself. Slowly she manages to cut him off from his friends and family. She is manipulative and violent but beautiful at the same time. She really is a piece of work and Ben is stuck, unable and scared to get away.
The book is told firstly from ben's perspective and then we hear it from the point of view of Bella. Ben is far too nice and trusting and even though his family and friends can see something is not right he cannot. The ending of this book is explosive! I really couldn't get enough - even though I wanted to slap Ben at some many points!!
Thank you Harlequin Books Australia for my advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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Once I started reading this I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a single sitting. I won’t say too much about the plot in order to avoid spoilers and would strongly suggest that it is best read ‘cold’.
Very briefly it features Ben, a successful London-based advertising executive, who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend of twelve years. He’s not in a great place but then Bella enters his life. She is sexy, spontaneous and intelligent, and it seems that Bella is everything he ever wanted. And Bella wants Ben in return - all to herself....
I have read any number of domestic/psychological thrillers that have featured controlling men so this proved an interesting twist on the premise of the manipulative partner.
Again, I am cautious about revealing too much. All I will say is that this was a brilliantly executed domestic noir that proved very satisfying and was a highly engaging page turner.
This is H.C. Warner’s fifth novel though this was her first foray into the darker territory of the domestic noir/psychological thriller. I hope that it won’t be her last given how compelling and twisty this was.
Charlotte and Ben, who have been together for 12 years, with imminent wedding plans, break up. Ben is heartbroken. On an evening out with his best friend Matt, Ben is awe struck by the most beautiful woman, Bella, who makes a move on him. Within a couple of months Bella announces that she’s pregnant and she wants to get married. It becomes increasingly obvious that Bella is a control freak, nasty and has an extreme dark side to her character. Her behaviour affects Ben’s relationships with his parents- Peter and Jo - his sister Emma and his friends- Matt and Freya.
I won’t disclose the distasteful facts that start to reveal themselves. What I will say is that Ben becomes an isolated, bullied shadow of his former self. ( I ended up shouting, ‘do something’).
The storyline is narrated firstly by Ben and then by Bella. So, there’s two sides to what is happening. The storylines are virtually identical, so if details are forgotten there’s no need to flick back. The author provides an alternative perpetrator in this domestic noir in that the woman is the cruel spouse. ( It does happen)
I didn’t like this book, primarily because I wanted Ben to actually do something for himself but it’s not a bad read and as I previously mentioned the gripping part is whether Bella to is brought to justice. Also, the sort of twist is revealed during Ben’s narration so from then on there are no jaw dropping revelations.
After a distressing breakup, Ben is thrilled to meet the very beautiful Bella and is soon swept up in a relationship with her. But Bella is not all she seems and before too long he finds himself living a nightmare and his family is destroyed
Great characters, mostly likeable, except for the chillingly awful Bella.
I am not a fan of reading but strangely, I judged the book by the cover and wanted to read it. I think it would be interested if the novel was adapted into a drama series or a film.
The plot is straightforward and the story split into four parts which begin six months after Ben Gordon’s heart has been broken by his girlfriend of twelve years and breathtakingly beautiful Bella walks into his life. Everything about Bella seems perfect and a whirlwind romance ensues with Bella pregnant after only two months together and marriage imminent. However Ben’s family and his best friends have reservations about his choice of partner who is openly hostile toward them and notice how Bella is edging them out of Ben’s life. As Bella points out, “It’s better when it’s just us”. Not better for Ben, however, as Bella morphs into a very different person with a manipulative streak and fiery temper.
Part 1 tells the story of the relationship from Ben’s and a variety of his family and friend’s third person perspectives, and part 2 presents Bella’s first person perspective and reveals her motives for hooking up with Ben (there is a glaringly obvious clue in part 1). Heavily repetitive, with the exact scenes shown in reverse and devoid of any insight into Bella’s troubled background and her fathers much alluded to departure, these two parts combined account for 244 pages out of a total of 358. The characterisation is pretty simplistic and the author neglects to delve too deeply into protagonist Bella making for a pretty tedious read and the writing offers no insights into Ben’s lack of backbone regarding confronting her.
Part 3 opens one year later and after a tragedy that serves to unleash the even darker side of Bella’s character and sees Ben diminished and more ostracised from his loved ones than ever before, with baby Elodie his sole ray of light. Unconvinced that Ben is happy, his support network stage a belated intervention with a last gasp but underwhelming twist that felt unlikely and also made me feel a little queasy!
A quick but boring read that I would not recommend.
I really enjoyed this dark, twisted tale of domestic abuse.which is a real page turner and had me listening until 3am. It made a real change for the abuser to be female, with a male victim. Bella is evil, manipulative, scary and is one of the nastiest characters I have ever encountered! I definitely didn’t see the twist coming. The ending is explosive and had me holding my breath.
The two narrators did a fantastic job and this is definitely one ofmy favourite listens so far this year.
People you don't care about, living a vacuous life that is nothing but surface, and where was the epic twist Piers?
The main protagonist isn't dark enough, and you never really find out who, and what makes her act the way she does. Ben is just wet, and everyone else is a stereotype. Couldn't wait for it to end, and when it does you are left thinking is that all? And yes it really is puddle shallow.
There was no twist, no real suspense either.... Would not recommend (even if in isolation due to Coronavirus!)
I really enjoyed the writing style and the points of view in this book. It’s not for the faint-hearted though. It’s a thoroughly disturbing read and it gave me many-a-chill. I loved Ben’s character and I was so rooting for him.
If you love a dark psychological thriller that will give you a few nightmares along the way, then ‘She’ won’t disappoint!
I love a nasty female protagonist and Helen certainly delivered with Belle! As well as Belle, the "She" of the piece, Helen Warner has created well developed characters who were all distinct from each other (some our recent book club reads have been heavily criticised for including a confusing crowd of characters).
I also love a book with a twist, and Helen again delivered - all being plausible.
The book presented an interesting, thought provoking scenario and a compelling plot - I couldn't put it down and loved wondering and predicting what would happen next.