Give It Back

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Pub Date 02 Mar 2017 | Archive Date 30 May 2020

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Description

This novel follows three characters: Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella.

Lorraine:

Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her, but soon she realizes it’s just the beginning of an everlasting nightmare.

Lexy:

Lexy, an au pair from London, moves to Seattle to help Lorraine with her infant son. But she didn’t come for the child…she came for something else.

Ella:

When Ella receives a call from her sister, Lorraine, who begs her to leave San Diego to spend time with her, she decides to take a few days off from work to visit her. Soon after, Ella is entangled in a mysterious investigation, and more so, in the lives of everyone involved. She realizes not only that she won’t go home anytime soon but also that she’ll never look at others the same way she did before.

This novel follows three characters: Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella.

Lorraine:

Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her...


A Note From the Publisher

Danielle Esplin is from South Africa, and she lives in Los Angeles. She's currently writing her second psychological thriller while working in the entertainment industry. She’s the founder of The Bulletproof Club, where she provides a brand new approach to the dynamics of toxic relationships and situations. In her free time she writes songs, sings, and reads. Give It Back is her first novel.

Danielle Esplin is from South Africa, and she lives in Los Angeles. She's currently writing her second psychological thriller while working in the entertainment industry. She’s the founder of The...


Advance Praise

"The Girl on the Train pales in comparison to Give It Back, and all of my previous prejudices against the genre were swept away. It was engaging, relatable, suspenseful, and stunning in its use of language. And all written in the author's second language. I was blown away." –Ella Magazine

"The Girl on the Train pales in comparison to Give It Back, and all of my previous prejudices against the genre were swept away. It was engaging, relatable, suspenseful, and stunning in its use of...


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Finally a good book! Yes, this one was a good read. I liked the writing style, the characters, and even the way the story was told: past and present. Because of the Coronavirus I stay at home all day which game the chance to read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down! And not because the plot was out of this world but because I enjoyed the writing and how the story developed. I didn’t expect the final twist (although I usually don’t read trying to figure out who did it but to enjoy the book and whatever happens, happens); but I did had a suspect in mind. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.

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Wow loved this could not put it down thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this would recommend to anyone. ...........

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i absolutely loved this book. i could not put it down and really enjoyed the story. i enjoyed the mystery of it, the characters were on point as well. i give it 5 stars for sure. thank you netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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My favorite genre - domestic/psychological thriller - with unreliable narrators. And this one has three of them, all dislikable flawed women.. This genre works best with short, snappy chapters. Easily flowing narratives, that never falter as they rush through your consciousness, allowing you to multitask while stroking the cat, eating a snack and turning the pages. While I enjoyed the story I became increasingly irritated by the use of some words in the narratives, almost as if the author was over-reaching and looking for obscure adjectives that make you stop munching and needing to reread the sentence. Other than that, recommended for all readers of the genre.

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I was not expecting the ending that it did, it makes a change not to be able to predict the ending unlike so many other books.I found it a compelling read and didn't want to put it down.

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I really couldn’t believe this was a debut novel, simply because it was really just that good! I found that the characters emotions and their actions really felt so real which added to the story. Overall I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Thanks to Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ella travels from San Diego to visit her sister, Lorraine, who is suffering from brain cancer. Lorraine is a divorced mom who has an au pair, Lexy, who is helping her care for her 16 year old son, Logan and new baby, Sam. Upon arrival, Ella finds out Lorraine is in the hospital and meanwhile Logan and Lexy are missing. The story is told from the perspectives of the 3 woman both after the disappearance and in the months leading up to the disappearance. I really enjoyed this book and I was surprised it was a first novel because I thought it was really well written. Once I picked it up I had a hard time putting it down and finished it in a day. I thought the story really flowed well and there was never a time when I got bored. I was totally engaged and wanted to know what was going on with these people. I would definitely read more from this author.

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I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it. Good plot with three strong women characters. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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Really enjoyed this book, total page turner, thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this fantastic book, would definitely recommend

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“It’s like I’m on a roller-coaster ride, but I’m not allowed to get off. I’m strapped to the seat, and within eyesight the unfinished twirl of the track swirls into the air.” ― Danielle Esplin, Give It Back This new thriller started off strong but lost its spark for me midway and I couldn't get into the fictional sense of reality that the author tried to present. The truth factor was so strong and had me playing detective from the word go but then it fishtailed into a less believable ending that had me pondering the reasoning. I enjoyed the overall premise but the alternating times made it difficult to keep track with deletion of text messages that created a smoky fog. Thank you to Danielle, the pub, NetGalley,and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

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The plot was compelling with lots of twists and turns. There are quite a few characters in the book and the story is told by the main characters. There is a timeline involved which flashes back and forth and I found myself doing this having to look back and forth to stay in touch with the story.

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I was so pleasantly surprised by this debut novel that I read it in a single day. If you've enjoyed books like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you'll enjoy this thrilling read. The author successfully shifts between three different POVs and numerous timelines, taking you on a roller coaster ride that keeps you guessing until the end. An impressive first novel by a promising author.

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