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Saturday 21 October 2023

Her Perfect Revenge by Lesley Sanderson

 Cover shot of psychological thriller Her Perfect Revenge by Lesley Sanderson, reviewed by Is This Mutton

Dear friends. I love a good psychological thriller with a twist at the ending, and today's book delivers in spades. It's my stop on the book blog tour organised by Bookouture for Her Perfect Revenge by Lesley Sanderson. 

Graphic showing the book blog tour dates for Her Perfect Revenge by Lesley Sanderson with Is This Mutton on Oct 21


On the surface we were the perfect couple, but no one knows what we’ve been hiding…

Just six hours ago, Alex and I were married. It was a beautiful wedding by the sea, on the beach we’ve always loved. Our guests crowded outside our beach hut to raise a toast before our first midnight swim together as man and wife. And then, suddenly, he was gone, drowning in the water that meant so much to us.

But instead of being able to mourn in peace, to get to grips with my awful new reality, the police are here. It seems they don’t think Alex’s death was an accident. And I’m the main suspect.

I know I’m innocent, but I also know we both had secrets. And to my horror, it seems Alex’s were worth killing for. But who in our wedding party could have wanted him dead?

I thought I knew the man I married but I couldn’t have been more wrong. But then again, he didn’t know the real me either. I’ve been hiding from the truth for so long. And then I realise: what if it wasn’t Alex’s past that was coming back to find him. What if it’s mine? How far will someone go to expose my darkest secret?

A gripping, jaw-dropping page-turner with twists to die for. If you love Lisa Jewell, Daniel Hurst and Frieda McFadden, you’ll love Her Perfect Revenge.

My Thoughts

Wild swimming is a mainstream pastime these days. This thriller taps right into the trend. 

The book starts at the present. Alex and wife Felicity have invited their wedding guests to swim in the sea at midnight, following their wedding reception. Shockingly, just hours later the body of Alex, a strong swimmer, is pulled from the sea. 

The police investigation uncovers rivalries and secrets among the couple's circle of swimming companions. And it transpires, someone else who was close to him also drowned in a previous tragedy. 

There are 3 different timelines, including one from an anonymous person,  as we get up to speed with the different relationships and dynamics.  The female relationships are noteworthy. I love the Girl Power aspect. 

The book pulls you in and you're racing to the finish, like Becky Adlington.  The twist is quite jaw dropping, and there's a very exciting ending. 

Buy the Book

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About the Author, Lesley Sanderson

Author Lesley Sanderson

Lesley Sanderson spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and also works as a librarian in a multicultural school. She has lived and worked in Paris and speaks four languages.

She attended the Curtis Brown Creative novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has since been hooked on psychological thrillers. She is particularly interested in the psychology of female relationships.

My thanks to the author, NetGalley and Bookouture for the advance copy in return for an honest review. 

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