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What can I say about this book... it was addictive and I almost read the whole thing in one evening. I am a big fan of Shari Lapena's books and was super keen to read this. I am looking forward to chatting about it with #bestbookclub soon. It is a twisty and surprising domestic thriller with plenty of characters that you will love to hate. Be prepared to lose yourself in this one.
Stephanie and Patrick are a happy but sleep deprived married couple. They have new born twin girls who have colic and both of them are suffering. But life is good...until Erica turns up. Patrick thought he had seen the last of her but she returns to make a horrendous accusation against him - that he killed his first wife. It was ruled an accident by the authorities but Erica has evidence that the police were not privy to at the time. And she wants money or she share that information. This is the beginning of a downward spiral for everybody that comes into contact with Erica - she is capable of ruining so many lives.
Stephanie stands by Patrick at first, but the longer it goes on, the more lies she catches him in. Is her husband a killer? Is she safe?
The End of Her has an ending that will shock you, I certainly didn't see it coming. Nothing is as it appears.
THE END OF HER was a bookstagram-made-me-do-it choice for me, and I am so glad that I was able to join a group read of this entertaining story. Entertaining perhaps in the same way as watching a car roll down a hill towards the river and knowing that you are unable to stop its descend. If you love the type of books where you helplessly stand by and watch each character’s life slowly unravelling, then look no further!
I have read every one of Lapena’s books and something in her writing always draws me back. With her latest book, AN UNWANTED GUEST, I was forever hooked, because I love nothing more than a claustrophobic setting. Here, the physical setting may appear pretty benign, but Lapena creates claustrophobia galore as her hapless characters become more and more ensnared in a tight net of villain Erica’s making. I do love a good villain in a mystery, and on a love-to-hate-this-character scale from 1 to 10 (ten being me plotting a slow and painful death for them to get what they deserve), Erica was at least a nine! As she systematically went about destroying all other characters’ lives, and looking like she was getting away with it, too, my blood pressure rose to alarming levels – my husband kept commenting on the unhealthy shade of red my face went as I was ha-hmppph-ing in disgust at her antics.
As if Stephanie and Patrick didn’t have enough on their plate looking after newborn colicky twins, their lives are taking an even steeper downturn once the morally devoid Erica appears on the scene, rising like a nightmare spectre out of Patrick’s past. How well do you know your husband? This is a question Stephanie will ask herself often in the coming weeks, as Erica is setting out to make their existence pure hell. There’s nothing better than a book that puts you in the victim’s shoes and makes you wonder what you would do in their position! I squirmed, I snorted, I had steam coming out of my ears as I plotted Erica’s demise to finally end this torture!
If a rising anxiety related heart rate and the fact that I devoured this book in one single night to find out what would happen are any indication of how good this book was, then we have a winner! Yes, there was a bit of suspension of disbelief necessary to swallow it all hook, line and sinker, but to be honest, as far as entertainment goes, it ticked all the boxes for me. So if you are looking for a quick, entertaining and anxiety inducing read with a villain you will want to throttle with your own bare hands a few chapters into the book, then this should definitely be on your radar!
A typical standard ‘domestic noir’ by the psychological thriller author Shari Lapena. All the usual ingredients - husband, wife, young children and the possible psychopath intertwined together in a saga of increasing revelations that occur in the suburbs. Attempts to ratchet up the tension were satisfactory without ever being truly gripping. The ending was not surprising and reflective of the overall tenor of the story. Can only be rated 3 stars, as not one of her better novels.
What a silly book,totally unbelievable storyline. Basically one woman brings down a group of people/family's , blackmailing them against past secretes. Um hello no one but no one in the book tries to stop her, In stead you have read over and over again their pathetic excuses about not doing something intelligent to stop her. Don't waste your money
Having really enjoyed the previous books, I found this one a little disappointing. The characters seemed to prefer taking matters into their own hands which stretched plausibility. The ending is really irritating. Perhaps it's been left open for a sequel but I personally prefer all issues to be dealt with in a story.
Wow what a book! Hooked from the start. Read this in 2 days. Loved every book Shari has wrote so far and knew i wouldnt be disappointed. Such a great read. Have passed the book on to a friend and will definitely recommend to others. 10 out of 10!
I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book. I have been a big fan of Shari since the amazing The Couple Next Door and also enjoyed her subsequent novels. But OMG, this book was horrible on so many levels. The genres of domestic suspense and psychological thrillers have been overdone to "death". I realize that there is no such thing as an original idea, but I had just finished a book by one of Kindles best selling psychological thriller authors before I read this and the premise and story were almost the same. Huh? Both of these novels are new releases and it makes you wonder. The same situation occurred recently when I read two books of this genre by different authors that were way too similar. The End of Her is a boring, dragging book with the same unlikeable characters all these books seem to share. No real suspense here. The end is easily guessed and is totally unsatisfying. Take a hard pass on this novel. I will hesitate in the future to purchase another book by this author, even though I have enjoyed her past work. That is how bad The End of Her is!!! Seems to me that after one successful book, you can get anything published.