A spine-tingling standalone thriller of obsession from bestselling author and master of the genre Peter James.
To the outside world, suave, charming and confident doctor Marcus Valentine has it all. A loving wife, three kids, a great job.
But there's something missing, there always has been.
Or rather, someone.
Driving to work one morning, his mind elsewhere and not on the road, he nearly mows down a female jogger on a crossing. As she runs on, Marcus is transfixed. She is the spitting image of a girl he was crazy about in his teens. A girl he has never been able to get out of his mind. Lynette had dumped him harshly. For years he has fantasized about seeing her again and rekindling their flame. Might that jogger possibly be her all these years later? Could this be the most incredible coincidence?
Despite all his attempts to resist, he is consumed by cravings for this woman. And when events take a tragically unexpected turn, his obsession threatens to destroy both their worlds.
But still he won't stop.
Firstly I have to say when I started this book It felt so different to any other Peter James book I had read. A phycological thriller that leaves you wondering who can be trusted and if it's really worth going to my dr appointment.
The build up and suspense behind the story is brilliantly done.
Marcus Valentine is a very successful Doctor. He has the wife, the kids, the car, the money. On paper it seems he has it all. yet Marcus Valentine is a very nasty, evil controlling man.
He has developed a very strange obsession with one of his patients. A very unhealthy obsession at that. It is his patient and friends partner that he has the obsession with, Georgie is feeling a little uneasy when she is around Marcus but can't put her finger on why.
When things start going wrong for Georgie he is there to support her.
There is plenty going on in this story, some of it seems a little far fetched but then it really does add to the story. Marcus is a master at manipulation and this really adds that chilling edge to the story.
an easy read.
I have recently read these two books back to back. Book 1, The House on Cold Hill and Book 2, The Secret of Cold Hill.
While I have to say they are no where near as gripping as Peter James Roy Grace series they were not unlikeable. I found I could put the book down and wasn't desperate to pick it up. I'm not sure if reading the books back to back spoilt my experiences as I found the books very samey. With maybe different characters. One almost felt like a duplicate of the other within different timelines.
One thing I will say, while reading these I leaned on my phone at the side of me and freaked out when Siri started talking to me, so the book certainly had the creepy effect it gives out, on me.
There are parts that are creepy, parts that you think you know just what is going to happen but then some good shifts that make you think all over again.
Over all I enjoyed both books, but wouldn't be in a rush to read any more in this series if there was ever to be any.
If you like a spooky read then now would be a good time to read them, around Halloween would really add to the atmosphere of these books and I feel book 2 has been released in perfect time for the cold, dark nights we are about to face.
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