by Tracy Thorne
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Pub Date 31 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022
A brutal attack ends Frankie Moretti’s love affair with New York City, so she trades subways and high-rises for grape vines and rugged Central California shorelines, and speech writing for fiction. The sleepy beach town is the perfect new beginning for Frankie until she spins the drama meant for her pages into real life and has a tumultuous affair with a married man. And when she finds herself in the center of a murder investigation, there’s no turning back, no hitting the delete key.
Amidst spoiled relationships, wine, loneliness, and a battle with PTSD, Frankie loses sight of what’s real and what’s not. In order to survive, she will have to navigate a dangerous situation and conquer her past trauma. But what if she can’t? Will she succumb to impulsive behavior and poor decisions
Average rating from 28 members
I downloaded this and had read it by the next day. With the intention of quickly flicking through to check out the writing style before choosing what to read next, I was quickly sucked in.. I think it might have been the hilarious advice from the main character’s mother to get a dog instead of dating. But the book has a very serious side. Yes, it is a great mystery but the sensitive, insightful and all too accurate portrayal of trauma is the author’s biggest achievement here.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tracy Thorne for the Advance Reader Copy of this book. I found that once I started it, I couldn't stop reading and ended up staying up to finish the book! I was invested in how all the pieces of the story tied together. This book had an honest portrayal of someone dealing with anxiety and depression after a sexual assault. At once you feel so bad for Frankie but also confused by her actions and you start to wonder if what she is going through is her imagination or real. I liked the way the book tied together all the characters and by the end, you could see how they all fit together. The con was at times it was difficult to follow because there was a lot of jumping around between narratives and past and present. All in all, I enjoyed this book. It kept me at the edge of my seat!
What a page turner! What a wild ride! You want an unreliable narrator? Lots of wine? Villainous villains? Red herrings? Coastal scenery? Lots of bad guys (or are they???)? Lots of characters you're not sure about? A pissy cat named Ginger and a rescue dog named Molly? Nosy neighbors? Food snobs? Look no further. You get all that and them some with The Writer by Tracy Thorne.
This was really a compulsive page turner that kept getting crazier and crazier. I couldn't put it down. The description of central California's coastal wine region was spot on. Our main character Frankie was tough and resilient, someone we root for. There's mystery and crazy twists and I think just going along for the ride is the best recommendation I'd make for enjoying this thriller.
Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Such a good story that kept me entertained and kept my attention. This story does deal with anxiety and depression and yet was written in such a way that it did not trigger these things in me at all. The authors' way with words is fantastic and I hated to see this story end. There is a some jumping around from past to present throughout the story, but the story flows very well. Will look for more from this author!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. However, I was hooked right from the start! All of the characters were interesting and the storyline itself had me guessing and trying to figure out where exactly this book was going to go. The little twists and turns and suspense elements were woven into the story without seeming to be far-fetched or over the top. The characters were likable, yet had a mystery about them that had me suspecting and wondering if any of them were who I thought or if there were ulterior motives. There was a lot of dialogue and story building in between the suspense moments but it was done in such a great way I felt it added to the book as opposed to making it feel like it dragged on. I was also very satisfied with the ending and can only hope there’s a sequel!
Loved this book, fast paced and easy to read in a day. I'm looking forward to reading more from Tracy Thorne in the future.
Unreliable narrator? Lots of wine? Beautiful scenery? Sign me up! This was such a fast paced read, I could not put it down - every page there was something going on and I just wanted more! Our main character Frankie was tough and resilient, someone we root for - and this book did a fantastic job of showing someone dealing with anxiety and depression in a true and honest way.
Many thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
What a wonderful book ... well written ... well paced ... and an excellent storyline. A twisty mystery of a woman that suffers with anxiety and depression after a brutal physical assault. Although a long story it is well developed and impossible to put down. The main protagonist 'Frankie' discovers that in the midst of her problems she is a strong, resilient and determined woman. Highly recommended read with a well deserved five (5) stars.
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