EXCERPT: Bridget – April 2019
I stood in front of the full-length mirror in my new ivory silk dress. Simple and classy, it skimmed my curves but crucially remained demure in all the right places.
I’d had a salon spray tan. My moisturised skin looked smooth and youthful, but when I pinched the top of my hand, the skin did not spring back immediately. I’d curled my hair and pinned it up, adding a tiny sprig of fresh gypsophila here and there to soften my look, and applied a pretty pink lipstick, the latest spring shade according to the sales assistant at the department store make-up counter.
Peering closer to the mirror, I studied my reflection. Tiny lines fanned out from the corners of my eyes and lips. My cheeks gave way to a soft sagging that spoiled the razor-sharp jawline I’d enjoyed in my thirties.
In two years time I would be fifty years old, but age was just a number. Today, I felt young, vibrant and free. I’d planned this fresh start for what felt like a very long time.
Today I would start a new life with a man twenty years younger than me.
In one hour’s time, I would marry the man I loved.
The same man who ten years earlier had killed my only son.
ABOUT ‘THE MARRIAGE’: Ten years ago he killed my son. Today I married him.
Ten years ago my darling son Jesse was murdered and our perfect family was destroyed. My strong, handsome boy, so full of life, became a memory, a photo I carried with me everywhere.
But today I’m finally close to finding happiness again. My ash-blonde hair has been curled into ringlets. Carefully placed white flowers frame my delicate features. The small, drab chapel has been prettied up with white satin, and there are tiny red hearts scattered on the small table where I will soon sign the register with my new husband.
The man who killed my son.
My friends and family can’t understand it. My neighbours whisper in the street whenever I walk past. How can I love a man like Tom?
They don’t really know me at all…
MY THOUGHTS: K.L. Slater can sure write a good twisty domestic drama. The Marriage is not what I would call a psychological thriller. It does, however, have an excellent plot, well-crafted characters and plenty of surprising twists and turns. It certainly didn’t go where I thought it was going, and I loved that!
I have long been a fan of this author, and she doesn’t disappoint with this quick, rewarding read that challenges our preconceptions of relationships. I was drawn in from the first chapter and Slater kept me guessing right to the end, both with the enticing main storyline, and the unexpected subplot which had me thinking that everyone was guilty of something!
So, did Bridget marry Tom for love? Or is she hell-bent on a convoluted plan for revenge? If you want to know the answer, one that I was not expecting, one that surprised and delighted me, you’ll have to read The Marriage.
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THE AUTHOR: For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Marriage by K.L. Slater for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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