Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for The Anniversary by Sarah K. Stephens published by Bloodhound Books. Happy publication day Sarah!
The Anniversary by Sarah K. Stephens
Release Date: 11th of March
Format: Kindle Format
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
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Until death do they part…
Mary and Jackson are spending their one-year wedding anniversary in a remote luxury cabin. They married after a whirlwind romance, and soon after the wedding, Jackson left for a nine-month work placement halfway across the globe.
Now that Jackson’s back, Mary is determined to make her marriage a success. The trip has a promising start, but things begin to unravel when Mary reveals to Jackson the truth about her past and the secret that drove her family apart.
When a hike results in Mary almost falling to her death, suspicions she has about her new husband rise to the surface. Surrounded by forest for miles, and without reliable phone reception, Mary realizes she is totally isolated with a man she barely knows.
The days of their delayed honeymoon tick by and Jackson’s devotion transforms before Mary’s eyes into something more sinister. As her own mental state deteriorates under the pressure, Mary is left with only one question:
Can she save herself before her husband loves her to death?
Sarah has created a story straight out of my worst nightmare! A twisty psychological thriller that had me reading well into the night and on more than one occasion had my heart racing and my anxiety levels going through the roof! Think Wolf Creek (An Australian Horror movie) meets one of Australian most notorious serial killers Ivan Milat (The backpacker murderer). I know right…Terrifying!
The story follows the main protagonists, Mary and Jackson as they celebrate their one year wedding anniversary in a remote luxury cabin. Having married after only knowing each other for a few weeks, Jackson is sent to Australia for a 9-month work placement, where their communication over this period is pretty much non-existent. Not only is this trip to celebrate their anniversary, but it is also meant for them to really get to know each other. Mary starts having doubts about Jackson though when he starts to act strangely after she tells him about her past, which then has her questioning who Jackson really is and if her life is in danger.
Told solely from Mary’s point of view, I was concerned at first how I was going to enjoy this. I do prefer more than one character narrating a story, but Mary is a strong character that has been well developed and written, which makes her able to carry the story on her shoulders well. Jackson is a very intriguing character and I liked how I was kept second-guessing his motives and intentions throughout. The supporting characters, Dani (Mary’s best friend), Mary’s mother and park ranger Mike are small roles, but they are all significant and integral to the story.
This is the first book that I have read from Sarah. Although it is a slow burn to start with, when it kicks in, it does so in spectacular fashion! Nothing is what it seems and the most obvious choice for the outcome isn’t so obvious after all, as Sarah delivers twist after twist that concludes in a very satisfying ending that I did not see coming at all!
The Anniversary is a crazy thrilling read that just reinforces why I do not like going on holidays in remote places. Give me crowds, busy hotels and round the clock phone reception any day! It was a pleasure to read and review The Anniversary which I recommend.
Thank you to Heather Fitt from Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be part of the publication day celebrations and for providing me with a free copy of The Anniversary ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Sarah
Sarah K. Stephens is the author of two novels and a developmental psychologist at Penn State University.
Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, The Writer’s Chronicle, Hazlitt, and The Millions. Sarah’s books include the psychological thrillers A Flash of Red and It Was Always You. Her next thriller, The Anniversary, will be released in March 2020 by Bloodhound Books.
Sarah loves using her psychological training to craft darkly human stories with killer twists. When she’s not plotting death and betrayal, she can be found enjoying the pleasures of country life with her husband and children in Central Pennsylvania.
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