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After the Wedding

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Really interesting book. Christine had a traumatic experience as a child. She wandered away from the festivities at her aunt's wedding and almost drowned. She can't recall the details of how she fell into the water, but the details play into her life years later. Christine has odd vibes about one of her employees, Christine's husband doesn't share her concerns about Jessica.  Jessica seems to want what Christine has and pretty much ends up with her company and husband., but that is not the ultimate issue here. The details run deep with this. I was pretty amazed at the conclusion. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries.
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This book is an intriguing read and I wasn’t sure from the beginning what could possibly had happened at the wedding. I did feel really sorry for Christine though as her trauma was just treated as a joke by her husband and at no time did he seem to care or even consider her feelings on the whole thing. I loved how this book kept turning and sending you off in a different direction and I loved the conclusion
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I’ll admit that I struggled with the first portion of this book. The storyline dominated by Christine’s anxiety with no real evidence in other aspects went on for a bit and I was beginning to feel Richard’s early frustrations. However I’m pleased to say that the story picked up pace near the middle and I found myself in a mad dash to find out how all of the characters related to one another in the grand scheme of things. I enjoyed the change in perspectives at this point as well. When Christine and Ryan were able to draw together conclusions that brought them peace in their past, I was glad that Jessica was also brought closure in this as well. I was shocked and satisfied with the ending.

I was given an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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This was not exactly what I was expecting after reading the synopsis.  The author does supply some interesting twists and turns in this story, but the characters seem a bit one dimensional to me.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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When I read the plot for this book, I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. The book is told from past perspective as well as current day, which I always think adds a fun element and dimension to a book. The book starts with a bang, describing the traumatic childhood event the main character, Christine experiences. It then jumps to present day with Christine and her husband navigating keeping their advertising business afloat, while managing new business relationships (➡️enter Jessica who brings her own set of issues and drama) , all while Christine tries to learn more about her past and what truly happened on that traumatic day. 

This book is marketed as a psychological thriller, however I didn’t get super *psych* vibes from it. The author developed a great plot, that overall presented a very interesting story, however a lot of the in between just fell kinda flat for me and did make it hard to keep turning pages. There are some surprising developments and twists in the book, however the storyline throughout felt a little choppy and hard to keep straight. Overall, the ending was solid and I was satisfied by the outcome. 

Thank you so much to NetGalley and @bookouture for gifting me this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture, and Laura Elliot for this ARC via Netgalley. 

I enjoyed this book for the first book I’ve ever read from this author. Christine witnessed something traumatic at a wedding when she was five years old and has had repressed memories of it ever since. Now, an adult, her husband, Richard and herself own a successful business together, but their new employee, Jessica, is causing all of Christine’s panic and suspicion rise to the surface. She can’t put her finger on what about Jessica makes her so uneasy, but the book soon intertwines these two women and the events from the past. 

This book kept me on my toes, and guessing up until the end. It was well written, but I agree with the other reviews, I wouldn’t consider it a psychological thriller. 

Thank you again to Netgalley for this ARC, I would be interested in reading more by Laura Elliot!
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Thank you NetGalley for this advanced copy. I was a little disappointed in this book. I expected a lot more back story on the wedding and life as a child. The adult lives of Christine and Jessica intertwine in more ways than one. I felt the outcome of these two girls and Christine's husband was way too predictable. The plot overall was different that I thought and it fell short for me.
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I received this arc through netgalley and the publishers.

We follow a power couple who set up their own advertising agency after a chance meeting on a train.Fast foward a few years and they employ Jessica.

Catherine has an odd feeling about Jessica but doesnt know why.  We follow the journey Cathering goes on to get to the bottom of her feelings and finally find out what happened after that wedding when she was five.

I would love to read more by this author
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I love when you read a book and it is SO different then anything you have read in awhile. This book has so many twists and turns and you can't help but not stay up all night reading. This is the story of Christine and Jessica how their lives intertwine from the past to the present. Lots of suspense and mystery!! Loved this book  and recommend to anyone looking for a book to read with many twists.
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When Christine was 5, she suffered a traumatic experience. Now, 30 years later, memories of that day are turning Christine’s life upside down. When she finally unearths what happened to her all those years ago, it will put her life in jeopardy.

Fast paced and compelling with twists and turns along the way, this is well worth a read.
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Rating:  1.9/5

"After the Wedding" appears to be marketed as a psychological thriller, but I would suggest that this is a misleading description.  It certainly sits within the broader thriller genre, but attaching the additional "psychological" tag is tenuous, to say the least.  The "thriller" element essentially relates to organised crime, which is at the heart of this story.  There is a psychological aspect, but this relates to the way in which the human brain can sometimes suppress memories of harrowing experiences.

The early sections of this novel were quite encouraging.  The writing was fluent, engaging and augured well for what was yet to come.  Unfortunately, these early signs of promise did not develop as I would have hoped.  Instead of being fluent and engaging, the narrative became increasingly clunky and disjointed and reading more than a chapter at a time became something of a chore.

The plot certainly had the potential to make for enthralling reading and the sub-plot regarding memory suppression offered the prospect of another intriguing thread that could be developed and provide food for thought.  Unfortunately, I don't think the author made the most of the opportunities.  The characterisation was too often clichéd and superficial and events were all too frequently described in a melodramatic fashion.  In the end this was not a book that is likely to live long in the memory.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for supplying an ARC in return for an honest review.
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can't believe it to me this long to do but wow , the story  itself is tense, atmosphric and fast paced and while it feels like it goes in different directions it also has a way of keeping you from guessing what is going to happen next. The characters themselves will make you feel like you want to shake them or scream at them for the decisions they make and will have you asking yourself ,what just happened.But somehow the author makes it all come together before the very end of the book. And that what I liked about , how it kept me on my toes ,made me second guess myself on what I thought I knew about the characters and what was going to happen next.
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I think we all have experienced it already. You meet someone you have never met before, but you still have the feeling you know them. It can either be a good feeling or a bad one. 

Time to find out more and that’s exactly what Christine decides to do. Was that a wise idea or should she just have let things be…?

It all starts with the past. There is no present and certainly no future without that base to depend on. No matter how hard you sometimes fight to hide what happened before, whether is was to hide crimes or to push shocking events away, sooner or later they will come back to haunt you.

When your life is about to be turned completely upside down, you know what you have to do. There is only one thing you can do…

A great story where someone does not stop at nothing to achieve what they are after.
I had figured out some details, but there was a lot more than that to discover with a twist I did not see coming. 
In my opinion not a fast paced book, but a interesting one for sure. 4 stars.

Thank you
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Thank you Netgalley, Laura Elliot, and Bookouture for my gifted copy! 

Synopsis:
When Jessica starts a job at Christine and her husband's company, Christine knows for sure that there's something wrong with her. And when Jessica's super rich father buys up the company, she knows she's right. But what does everything have to do with a suppressed memory of something terrible Christine witnessed at a wedding when she was only five years old? 

My thoughts:
Nope. This just wasn't for me. I think the synopsis on Goodreads and Netgalley as well as the title are a bit misleading because it's not actually about the wedding. Well, yes, what happened there connects the two women, but I thought it was some kind of family drama. Turned out, this was a story about organised crime of some kind, and I really don't like that trope. Just because a psychologist is mentioned, doesn't mean it's a psychological thriller... If you are into business thrillers, this one is for you. The style of writing is really good, so if you're up for that kind of story, I recommend you go for it! 

This was my first book by this author.
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my first book buy this author and very much enjoyed. very addictive. Christine was a flower girl for her aunt and she got bored and went from the hotel grounds she can't remember what happened only that someone saved her from drowning as she gets older she meets Richard on a train they date and he has a dream of his own company they get married and they set up there own advertising company everything looking good then in walks Jessica for a job interview and they take her on in the company but she makes Christine uncomfortable then the bad nightmares start again. and then they meet Jessica's dad. what happened that day i so recommend this book
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Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. I was into it the first chapters and then it fell off from that point. The story went in many directions that I didn't find interesting. I didn't connect or care about any of the characters. Thanks for the advance review copy.
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This book was incredible, it is tense, atmosphric and fast paced. The writing is good, the charcters are well developed and relatable and the storyline is twisty and unpredictable. I couldn't put this book it was completely gripping. I loved it.
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Just wonderful. What a book. One of the best psychological thrillers I've ever read. The sense of unease builds until the tension almost leaps off the pace. The writing is beautiful, just wow. The author deftly leads us through the narrative, the twists leaving us gasping. Love this author - she always delivers and this book Wow! Her best by far! A psychological thriller packed with twists but also full of heart. Loved it.
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This book was fast paced and full of drama. 
Laura Elliott did a fabulous job of joining all the characters together and creating a masterful storyline that had me rapidly turning pages and staying up into the early hours of the morning to find out what happened next.
The characters are interesting and the plot intriguing.
This story moves very quickly and pace was right on point.
I loved the writing style of this author. She can capture the readers attention like no other and hold them there to the wild ending.
This is definitely a novel you won't want to miss!

Bookouture,
Thank you so much for this eARC!
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Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Laura Elliot for the opportunity to review and ARC copy of “After the Wedding” in exchange for an honest review.

I really try to find the positive in an advanced review copy but this one was a big miss for me. While I appreciated what the author was trying to do here, it did not work for me. The storytelling was a bit clunky and, while the twists and turns were interesting, it did not blow me away unfortunately. I really struggled to get through this.

Add this one to the column of “books described as Gone Girl-esque” what end up falling flat.
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