The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin

The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin

Don’t you just love the cover!

EXCERPT: Viola’s eyes landed on the woman hiding at the back of the group, some of her face obscured by the person standing in front of her. Taller than any of the other women in the photograph, long dark hair falling in waves around a pleasant face, but most strikingly, those huge eyes like a kewpie doll. Difficult to forget. She was smiling thinly at the camera, but her eyes were looking across at Sam. The credits below had her listed as Katherine Baxter.

I know you as someone else. Don’t I?

ABOUT THIS BOOK: One moment of carelessness. Four shattered lives.

Psychological suspense that explores a labyrinth of lies, manipulation and revenge. Perfect for fans of Louise Jenson and Katerina Diamond.
Literary agent Viola Matthews is sure she’s met Katherine Baxter before. So when her husband and bestselling novelist Samuel Morton introduces Viola to the quiet, unassuming woman he has offered to mentor, she knows their paths have crossed before. The question is where?

As their worlds collide and the bond between Samuel and Katherine deepens, Viola realises she must take control.

If Viola is right, then Katherine needs to pay for something that happened twelve years ago.

MY THOUGHTS: This book touched me on several levels – with the author’s incredibly accurate insight into Katherine’s desire to write being subjugated by, not only her own fears, but the reactions of those closest to her; her accurate description of Katherine’s husband’s control over her being presented as solicitous concern; the machinations of friendship.

All of these things were incredibly well done. But where this book should have zinged and sizzled, in places it merely limped along. There was, perhaps, far too much of Katherine’s background, most of it irrelevant, and far too little about the accident that precipitated all that was to come. The ending may have been more believable had we had more insight into both Katherine’s, and Sam and Viola’s story as it happened, rather than just hearing it in retrospect.

I enjoyed The Pupil, but not as much as I could have. The premise is great, the author has a wonderful way with words, and with a little reworking, this could be the ‘heart-stopping psychological thriller’ read it claims to be. 😊😊😊.5

THE AUTHOR: Dawn Goodwin. Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing. Now, she loves to write about the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly. Married, she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Aria Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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