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After the Wedding

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This book has lots of in this book. When Jessica joins Christine and her husbands business Christine suspects Jessica is trying to come between them. Christine also has events from her past she is having a face. This book has lots of twists and turns, a great read.
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That didn’t appeal much to me. Such a letdown. 

Thanks to Netgalley! Hoping for a better read next time!
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3 for neutral, was unable to access my netgalley account for months, until today. Because of this, I was unable to see which books I needed to read.  I apologize for the inconvenience and hopefully will not have any more issues in future.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was gripping from the very start and captured me until the very end. Would definitely recommend.
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This was such a twisty tale that I couldnt put down. It actually started off slow but then it becomes clear. It is told by many POVs and has a past and present timeline. What an ending loved it.
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What a sizzling mystery this book was! There was so much going on that I could not believe that she was able to put it together the way that she did. She really pulled off a great mystery here.
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Would say 3.5 stars at a push. Found it very slow till about half way through and even after that I would say it held me but not to the point(as with some books) you don't want to put it down and keep reading that one more chapter.
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I really wanted to love this book. It had so much potential, an interesting premise, and it felt like things were happening but it also came off as so underwhelming. It almost felt like the author tried to include a bunch of different elements to make the plot more enticing, but it was overdone, unfortunately.
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Thanks netgalley for allowing me to read this great story which I really enjoyed.
Christine was a flower girl at a wedding, after the wedding she somehow was thrown into water by an unknown man and then pulled out by a boy.
Her memory was not great about the incident but she knew that she had been thrown into the water.
She then got married and had a successful business with her husband, until someone came to work with her that triggered something in her memory, and that is when her life was in danger.
Good story fully recommend it.
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This was a wonderful suspense, with lots of twists. In my opinion, a great thriller. 

There were many aspects of the book that made this read very enjoyable. Firstly, loved the multiple POVs. Secondly, loved the slow burning, suspense building element of the book. 

However, I did find the multiple parts that the book was split into, hard to follow.
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This book had me hooked from page one! My favorite part of reading this genre is when there are unexpected twists and turns, and the author of this novel delivered. Would definitely recommend!
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I don't think I enjoyed this one as much as I should have or that my expectations held this at. Everything about the description sounded amazing, crazy psychological thriller, and I just got married so obviously After The Wedding, just made sense. I didn't really enjoy Jessica. I somewhat felt bad for her and other times I just didn't really like her much at all. I feel like enjoying the main characters in the book is a huge part of actually enjoying it. So, maybe I expected more, but this thriller didn't love up to my thriller expectations.
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The book opens with a young five year old girl Christine, wandering off at a wedding and nearly drowning.  Fast forward some years and we find Christine and her husband Richard running a successful advertising agency.  They are recruiting new staff and hire a copywriter Jessica.  She seems to bring new life into the business but Christine senses there is something amiss with her,  Christine is still struggling all these years later with the trauma of the near drowning and decides to embark on hypnotherapy to bring out the memories and uncovers dark secrets that have been buried.  The story is told from Christine and Jessica’s points of view and it is clear that there is more to Jessica’s past as the story unfolds.  This book is a very gripping read with plenty of twists and turns.  An enjoyable book.
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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After the Wedding by Laura Elliot

I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture and I am leaving this review voluntarily 
Everyone said she was the prettiest flower girl. But now her dress lies on the floor. It’s wet and torn, her shoes are lost. ‘Where did you go?’ her daddy asks. She shakes her head. All she can remember are the red rose petals scattering like drops of blood spilling to the ground.

When Christine Lewis was a little girl, she witnessed something terrible at a wedding and buried it so deep in her memory, she managed to forget it ever happened.

Jessica Newman was a baby when she and her father came to live in an isolated cottage on the Irish island of Cullain with Margaret – the woman who loved Jessica as if she was her own. Until the day Jessica and her father left, and she never saw Margaret again.

This was a bit disappointing - this has been marketed as a psychological thriller and I think that is misleading. An interesting plot that could have been written much better. The first half was slow, and very easy to walk away from. The pace picks up in the second half but I feel like the book dragged on a little too much. 

Rating 3/5
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I'll be took me several chapters to get into this one.  It seemed to move kind of slowly for me.  However, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it!  This was my first book by this author and I'll definitely be watching for more!
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A well written story that keeps you reading. The plot was well thought out, it had twists and turns that lead you down a dark road that got more shocking at every turn. The characters were well thought out and well written. The story flowed well. This one is full of suspense and wondering what is going to happen next. There are many depths to this one and you will find yourself reading faster to find out how this all will end. The ending is explosive, this one is worth the read.
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This is a psychological thriller that doesn't start at breakneck speed but nicely lays the foundation for an addictive and suspense filled story. 
The prologue shows us Christine, a little girl who witnessed something at a wedding that her brain locked away to protect her from. She cannot remember, we see she may have almost drowned and all she remembers is roses, red like blood. This prologue catapults the reader into the book straight away.
The story then fast forwards a couple of decades, Christine is now married and runs an advertising agency with her husband. Their new employee Jessica seems to be bringing things back to Christine. Who is Jessica and what is she here for? These two women are, unknown to them, about to begin to uncover dark secrets from their pasts.
The story is told over multiple points of view, I always enjoy this type of story as you get to know the characters, their states of mind and sometimes, their motivations too. 
This is a story that begins slow but as the foundations of the story are in place, the speed does increase. The characters are very well drawn and this does give the story more depth as well. Not that all the characters are likeable but they do all fill their roles very well within the story.
The fact it is  Bookouture book did make me want to read this as I have yet to discover a book from Bookouture that I don't like. This proved no exception. 
Laura Elliot has written a psychological thriller that brings the suspense and intrigue, along with the twists and turns that kept me reading one more chapter. A psychological thriller I can definitely recommend. 
Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley
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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review. 

Really good book, enjoyed reading this one.
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This is a book about an event that happens after Her aunts wedding, when Christine gets lost and ends up in the river. 25 yrs later Christine is married and together they run a marketing business. She is the one handling all the accounting for the business. When they decide to get more help with social media that is when Jessica comes into their lives. Christine does not understand where all the anxiety is coming from. Ask Christine starts counseling and unearths her forgotten past it puts many things in motion. This is a book you will want to read until you get to the end! Fantastic story and very well written. 
Thank you netgalley for complimentary copy.
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What did Christine see at the wedding in her childhood and how had she managed to forget the whole thing? When the memories returned, her world got shattered. This was a slow paced read with multiple POVs and divided into many parts, some of them really needed concentration. The suspense was good with many twists. A solid thriller.
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