Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Women by Susie Lynes. Happy publication day Susie!
About the Book:
The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside…
Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls.
Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.
But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her.
And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?
You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.
When Samantha meets Peter, he is everything that she could want in a man. He is older, charming, handsome, experienced, says all of the rights things, and only has eyes for her. Lacking in confidence and self esteem, Peter makes her feel like the only woman in the world, but there is something that feels not quite right to her but she pushes it aside and the relationship moves full steam ahead.
But it isn’t long until the cracks in the relationship start forming when Samantha moves into his home not long after their relationship begins.
Peter’s whole demeanour changes and Samantha starts to pick up little hints of his controlling personality and his temper, when he enforces strict rules of when to eat, sleep, the way things always have to be in their place at all times and even when she is to shower, which is all to fit in with the way he likes it!
After giving birth to their daughter, Samantha thinks it is time to get out of the house and wants to put her university degree to good use. After some reluctance on Peter’s part, he helps her get a part time job teaching a 12 week writing adult education course. This is not Samantha’s first choice, but Peter persuades her otherwise, even going as far as overriding her lesson plans to ones that he comes up with which he thinks are better!
Things take a turn, when Samantha starts to receive notes mixed up in her students work hinting that Peter is not really the man she thinks he is and that she is not the only woman that Peter has controlled over the years. Trying to still see the best in him, Samantha tries to defend his actions but she soon has to face facts that Peter’s treatment of women over the years may now have come back to haunt him, and her life as well as their daughters could be in danger!
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There is one word to describe how I felt when reading this book and that is suffocated! The character of Peter made me cringe with his domineering ways and I could really feel how Samantha was feeling. Susie did a great job at conveying this and had me reading this in one sitting, as there was no way I was going to stop until I had finished it!
I really loved this book and look forward to more of Susie’s work in the future!
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Susie Lynes for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Women in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a BBC Producer. In 2002, she moved to Rome with her husband and two young children. In 2007, after the birth of her third child, she returned to the UK and gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University.
Currently, she writes novels and teaches Creative Writing at Richmond Adult Community College. Her psychological thriller, Valentina, was published by Blackbird Books in 2016 and her next book, the dark and twisting best seller, Mother, was published by Bookouture in November 2017 with her third book, The Pact, publishing in February 2018.
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The Women is available to buy now!