EXCERPT: The door was almost closed when an arm was thrust through the crack, causing it to jolt to a stop and then slowly shudder it’s way open again. Georgia stepped back.
‘Whoever it is, just don’t let it be Cadence, don’t let it be Cadence. Please, please don’t let it be Cadence.‘
A woman stepped in, her eyes down, her face blotched with angry patches. Blonde hair partly obscured her contorted features. But Georgia could still recognize her.
ABOUT ‘THE EX’: She wants him back. She wants you gone.
Luke is The One. After everything she’s been through, Georgia knows she deserves someone like him, to make her feel loved. Safe.
The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. Luke says Cadence is having trouble moving on. She texts Luke all the time and leaves aggressive notes on Georgia’s car.
Georgia starts to feel afraid. But she decides to confront Cadence … and that’s when things get interesting.
MY THOUGHTS: I went into this expecting it to be more chic-lit than it actually was. Probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much. Moriarty slowly builds up the suspense on a base of ever shifting sands. I was more than pleasantly surprised. Intruiged. And entertained.
There’s not a huge number of characters, Moriarty has kept it quite tight, and it works well. The pace is fast and suspenseful. Moriarty had me hooked early on, and kept me wanting more right through to the last word. It’s the sort of book that you think, ‘I’ve got a few minutes to spare, I’ll just read a page or two,’ and instead you end up reading several chapters and being late. I boiled a pot full of eggs dry. Neither the eggs nor the pot survived.
Moriarty has blended a mix of love, betrayal, revenge and manipulation into a suspenseful psychological thriller that has me looking for more titles from this author.
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THE AUTHOR: Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney’s north west with her husband and two small daughters. She is the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying teaching at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Ex by Nicola Moriarty for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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