From the blurb ....
But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…
Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams—or the woman of his nightmares?
My thoughts ....
I read and really enjoyed Mark Edwards debut novel The Magpies when it was first released but this one blows it right out of the water. It's as tense and taut a psychological chiller as I've ever read, full of red herrings, great characters, and all the twists and turns us afficionados of the psychological thrills genre crave.
Told by Andrew Sumner whom we meet when he thinks he's had a bad time - he is leaving hospital after weeks of gruelling and worrying treatment on his eye following a detached retina. But things begin to look up for him when this leads to an inadvertent encounter with the enigmatic and beguiling Charlotte aka Charlie with whom he begins an intense affair and soon falls head over heels in love with.
Andrew is one of those lucky fellas whose life is filled with women, his best mate's a girl, he's close to his wheelhair bound sister Tilly, even her carer and his cleaner are young attractive women, and he has even managed to remain friends with a couple of his exes, but maybe this isn't as fortunate as at first it would seem as this triggers some insecurities in Charlie and the jealous side of her nature this reveals, worries him.
He has a right to be a worried man, if he thought things were going badly when he first had his eye complaint, he ain't seen NOTHIN' yet! Little things begin to ring alarm bells, someone seems to be stalking him and his friends, things go missing, and accidents begin to happen, all around him. But surely this can't have anything to do with Charlie? She's the woman of his dreams and he really loves her.
What happens is a nightmare and what at first seems to be a little run of bad luck builds to a crescendo of such proportions that his sanity and perhaps his very life are threatened.
What a mind blowing, mess with your head, chilling story this is. I loved it - right to the very last sentence. Bravo Mark Edwards you scared, thrilled and entertained me with your magnificent writing.