Publisher: March 1st 2022
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Fiction
Format: Kindle, Audiobook
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this addictive psychological thriller. Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation to take part and the eBook ARC.
She doesn’t know I’m there, watching her in the mirror. She slides her hand under her blouse. And then I see something impossible. She isn’t pregnant…
She bursts into my life like a storm, and nothing is the same again. She seems so perfect, with her lilting laugh and her beautiful face. One by one, I watch as my friends fall under her spell.
Only I seem to suspect something. Only I see that her smiles don’t reach her cold, furious eyes. And when I’m accused of things I didn’t do, when my home is vandalized, I know she’s behind it. But she only lets her mask slip when no one is looking, so if I say anything, I’ll look crazy.
So when the baby shower comes around I’m there, sitting on a velvet sofa in a posh hotel room, surrounded by balloons. We share gifts, we pour small glasses of champagne, and she beams, her bump just visible under her bright red shirt.
But that afternoon, I finally learn the unbelievable truth.
There is no baby…
A stunningly twisty story of toxic female friendships, guilt and lies from S.E. Lynes, author of the no.1 bestseller The Housewarming. If you like Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins, you’ll be glued to The Baby Shower.
WHAT. A. BOOK! S.E. Lynes has proven herself to be the psychological thriller master with this tense, mind-blowing and crazy book. It was so addictive that I read half of it in one sitting and would have read the whole thing if it hadn’t have been 2am and my eyes were betraying me.
It begins with a woman waking up in hospital after a car accident. Though in pain she is full of rage towards another woman who she needs to find before the woman finds her. Only one of them can leave the hospital alive and she’s determined it will be her. I was full of questions: who is this other woman? What did she do? And why does one of them have to die? From there the story moves between timelines, shifting from the hospital to events leading up to the crash, telling a story of lies, betrayal and toxic female friendship that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
The story is told by multiple narrators but it was Jane who resonated most with me. Over the course of the story we see her whole world get turned upside down and it all begins when Lexie Lane is brought into her close friendship group by Jane’s best friend, Sophie. Sophie thinks Lexie is golden and doesn’t see the callous and spiteful things she does to push her and Jane apart, instead choosing to believe her lies and turn away from the person she’s been closest to for years. Jane’s heartache through all of this is palpable. She is shocked that her best friend doesn’t believe her and that another grown woman seems intent on wrecking her life for no apparent reason. You feel her internal struggle to believe it is even happening herself and her pain as she wonders why. Her heartache is compounded by her early menopause and infertility, especially in the face of Sophie and Lexie’s pregnancies. Having been through infertility myself, I know that pain of longing for something so much that it hurts and being happy yet also jealous when it happens for those you love. It is powerfully but sensitively written and really pulls you close to Jane while wondering what on earth Sophie is thinking.
Lexie is a fantastic villain who is brilliantly written. She is friendly and charming when she chooses, a facade that masks her true character, which is sly, calculating, cruel and manipulative. The game she’s playing is so obvious to the reader and I immediately sided with Jane, yet I could also see why Sophie liked her and found it hard to believe she was doing such terrible things. But I think it ultimately says more about Sophie when she refused to listen to Jane’s side of things than it did about Lexie. After all, you can’t turn a true friend against someone with lies. I think this will resonate with so many of us as I think most of us have unfortunately experienced these toxic kinds of female friendships at some point in our lives and will recognise someone we knew in Lexie’s character.
Brimming with tension and foreboding, The Baby Shower is a compelling, twisty and surprising psychological thriller that will make you feel all the feelings. Trust me when I tell you this is a book not to be missed.
MEET THE AUTHOR:
Former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’, ‘beautifully written’ psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? and her latest novel, THE HOUSEWARMING, available for pre-order NOW.
After completing her MA, Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.
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Thanks for reading Bibliophiles 😊Emma xxxx