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After the Wedding

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A complete page tuner! I couldn't put it down. Full of twists, and I enjoyed every page. I will be reading any future publications from Laura Elliot and recommending this title to friends.
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After the Wedding had a very exciting premise but didn't quite live up to the billing for me. It was engaging enough that I wanted to see how it worked out in the end, so I did keep reading. I was curious to find out what Christina's disappearance briefly as a child would have to do with the rest of the story. Ultimately, I found the story line too convoluted to be believable for me. I also found it hard to warm to any of the characters.

I am sure there is an audience who will disagree and find the story totally absorbing, There is a lot going on and some may enjoy the very twisty solution.

Thank you to the author, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
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A bit of a let down to be honest....

The synopsis of this story would lead one to believe this would be a family thriller but this was more of a mob thriller, which I really have zero to no interest in. 

This was a business thriller on top of the organized crime element.. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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In this novel by Laura Elliot, two women’s lives cross while working together at an advertising agency. Both have secrets in their pasts and it turns out their lives may be linked in more ways than one. 
This story was dark, suspenseful, and heartbreaking all at once. It had me hooked and I felt heartbroken for Christine at so many points through the book. However, even though Christine has been through so much in her life, I loved that she was strong and determined.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this ebook ahead of publication in exchange for my honest review.
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Unfortunately I didn't finish this book as I found the story hard to get in to and a little boring. Having said that I normally like this author and will continue to read her books.
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The blurb of this book sounded so go and I was very excited to read it.

The first half of the book, however, was very slow for me and at times I lost interest, had to put it down and come back later.

Christine and Richard are married and own an advertising agency.  Jessica is a new employee and Christine just gets a bad feeling from her.  Richard shrugs it off.  Christine begins to feel threatened by Jessica, and those feelings may be justified, although Richard still doesn't feel it.  They hit hard times and the way things resolve are odd and only make Christine more stressed.

Add to all this, at the age of 5, Christine was a flower girl in a wedding, wandered away on the grounds and nearly drowned.  It was always believed she just fell in the water, but through some hypnotherapy, memories start returning.  Are these memories somehow connected to her bad feelings about Jessica and her father?

The second half picked picked up the pace, and I enjoyed it much more.  But I felt the book dragged on longer than it needed to.  That being said, I would give this author another try!

Many thanks you to NetGalley & Bookouture for an ARC!
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This book delivered everything I love in a psychological thriller.  It’s well written, the characters are believable and Christine, the main character is put through a whole spectrum of emotional turbulence as she gradually uncovers her past and the event that has haunted her for so many years. Interestingly, it turns out Jessica, who joins Christine and husband Richard’s company, also has a past which connects with Christine’s, although they have no idea about this.

There were many twists and turns and strong emotional situations which kept me burning the midnight oil to finish this book.  Absolutely loved it.

I would like to thank Netgalley,  Laura Elliot and Bookouture for an ARC of After the Wedding in exchange for an honest review.
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This book starts out with a little girl being pulled from a river. Then it moves on to the present day. Christine and Richard met by chance, married and started their own company.
Along comes Jessica who is applying for a job at their firm. Christine feels something is strange with Jessica but cannot figure out what. 
The book goes between present day and Christine's memories (and lack of memories) of the past.
I liked Christine and felt how difficult it must have been for her to have had something happen in her past that has affected her life ever since, without her truly understanding it. I understood her need to know what really had happened that day so long ago. Some of the other characters I disliked as immensely as I was supposed to. 
Overall a good book. I would read more books by this author.

Thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for the arc.
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I had high hopes for this book after reading the synopsis but personally I did not feel the story lived up to it.  I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was boring,  I did finish it, but it didn’t have the pull to make me pick it up once I had put it down.  However saying that it does exactly what a book should do and keep me entertained while I was reading it and it was an enjoyable enough read to pass  the time.
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Loved It. This book has me completely hooked from the very first page to the very last one. I absolutely loved it. It was gripping, thrilling and edge of your seat drama. A great physiological thriller.
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I usually love this author's books but this one left a lot to be desired. It started off great and really grabbed my attention. Then it lost the plot in my opinion. I didn't like any of the characters. The deal with Richard was expected and disappointing. I liked Christine more in the middle of the book and started rooting for her. Then it took a turn towards the end and left me frustrated. I didn't feel like anyone got what they deserved. It was just too convoluted.
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What a brilliant thriller! Really drew me in from page one, and did not let go to the final chapter.

Brilliant plot and believable characters. 5 stars.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book.

Unfortunately I DNF'd this book around 16%. It read like another domestic thriller with "rich white people" problems. A jealous wife, a successful husband, a rich and complicated ingenue "assistant" with an even richer and more complicated family, etc. I don't think there was enough character development to make me care about the characters, no matter what was going on.
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Saying that "After the Wedding" is a psichologycal thriller is a mislead to what really is this book about. At first, it was kind of hard for me to pick up the pace: the first half of the book was hard, but then, the second half paced up quickly. I honestly thought this was more of a family drama, but it turned out to be organised crime, which was okay, but it wasn't for me. Some characters were flat, one dimensional and didn't feel like they had something to do here, but okay.

Review on my blog will be posted soon!
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This is the kind of book that makes me wish I didn't have a job (so I could stay home and read it cover-to-cover in one sitting)! The story gripped me from the first chapter, a flashback to Christine Lewis's childhood when she wandered away from her aunt's wedding and ended up almost drowning in a nearby river. Christine can't remember how she ended up in the water, or the events immediately before. Thirty years later, married and successful, Christine still has nightmares about that day. Her feelings of dread and foreboding worsen after she and her husband hire Jessica Newman to work at their advertising agency, and Christine turns to hypnotherapy in an effort to come to grips with her past, not realizing that it is tied to Jessica and threatening her future. Christine  is intelligent and strong, and her choices and actions are appropriately smart. This is more of a suspense novel than psychological thriller. The story unfolds slowly but is well plotted & well written with interesting characters.
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This book was a struggle for me. I got into it immediately but then lost interest a few chapters in. I did finish it but didn’t love it, there were some interesting twists and turns but I kept waiting for something more. I’m sure others will love this one but it just wasn’t the right book for me.
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A young flower girl is rescued and while this incident seems isolated, it will ripple and come back up and after a trip with a therapist, the memories will come back and Christine's life will be upended.  

This was such a fun read - it felt like two mysteries for the price as one as the clues from Christine's childhood are being revealed while the mystery of her and husband's advertising agency's demise.  Of course, since this has all sorts of clues and things in this book, I don't want to share too much and give anything away, but I have to say the way that this book unfolded was just genius.  

The characters in this book were built so well.  I both trusted them and questioned them at the same time!  I loved following Christine's pursuit for the truth and her wanting to find out the details as to what happened to her when she was young and to find out what all was going on around her that at a young age she would have never known.  

I was surprised to find out after finishing this book that I have a lot of Laura Elliot's books on my TBR, but this was the first one I have read.  With her pacing being on point and her characters having such depth, I am even more excited to read Laura Elliot's other books.
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From the premise of After the Wedding, this book sounded like the perfect read. Billed as a breathtaking, emotional and suspenseful page turner that will have you hooked what more could I ask for? Sadly this wasn’t what I got. Part one went on forever and nothing seemed to happen. I almost dnf’d but decided to keep going in the hope it would improve but for me it was a lacklustre plot line with too slow of a pace and predictable in some places. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author for the chance to review.
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I didn't end up getting that far in this book.  I originally thought I would like this mystery but it ended up being just a bit too much, well I don't think gaslighting is exactly right, but I don't enjoy reading stories where someone has a "feeling" and everyone else thinks they're crazy.  It might have improved farther on but there were just too many scenes where Christine was being ignored. left to drink alone, and her company was being taken from under her that it was too uncomfortable for me to finish. I would definitely read more by Elliot, but this was not the book for me.
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Snap cakes! 😳😯

I went back and forth on whether this was a true psychological thriller, but I will say it had some of those elements. The synopsis sounded so good and really peaked my interest, but sadly as the book unfolded I lost my curiosity slowly. 
Christine and her husband Richard are owners and founders of a posh advertising agency. They recently hired a newcomer, Jessica. Christine has felt fear, anxiety and anger towards her for reasons she can't explain. The advertising agency has hit a tumultuous time and Jessica's father has offered to rescue them in exchange for letting Jessica become the finance advisor of it. Christine constantly feels threatened by Jessica, & little does she know they have more in common with traumatic pasts. When Christine was five, she was part of a traumatic event with suppressed memories that contribute to her anxiety, she works on with a hypnotherapist. How is all of this connected and intwined between her and Jessica? Is what she feeling paranoia or a real warning? 
I found this novel was too long and too much information at times that had a hard time keeping my interest. While the ending satisfied me, the journey to get there felt cumbersome and I lost my enjoyment after the halfway mark, unfortunately. The premise had major potential and I feel if it had been refined more & shortened it would've been a much higher star rating for me. 

Thank you to NetGalley & Bookouture for this ARC.
Release date: March 24, 2022

I give this 2.5 / 5 Bouquets! 💐
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