Saturday 8 August 2020

The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes - Review

(AD/Gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes - 5/5 ★★★★★

Blurb: Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband Rob. She's found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life.

But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she'll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open. They know Mia had reason to hate her ex-husband, but she's not the only one. Plenty of people wanted Rob Creavy dead, not least his new wife Rachel.

What they don't know is Mia has a secret, one shes desperate to protect.

But someone else knows. Someone with very dark secrets of their own...

Review: I could not put this book down!

We are drawn in right from the beginning with an intro from the point of view of a woman who has been gaslighted by her partner.

The story is split into Part One and Part Two. Part One switches between the narratives of Mia, ex-wife of Rob Creavy and Jess, a lady who married Rob in 2015.

Mia is visited by the police and learns that Rob has been shot dead on his boat. He had threatened to kill her so she took an injunction out against him and hadn't seen him in two years. He has since gotten married to a woman named Rachel.

Rob was a keen sailor and the story that is told from Jess's point of view is heartbreaking to read. He is a piece of work and you just hate him from the start. He uses coercive control and she gives up everything for him, making her sell her house, taking her money and making her give up her friendships.

There is a massive revelation at the end of Part One that genuinely made me gasp. I didn't suspect it at all so I was eager to read on.

In Part Two, we have the same narratives but an anonymous third too. We learn that not only did Rob control his wives, but he conned a lot of people out of money too so realistically, anyone could want him dead. 

It is a fantastic whodunnit and I think I suspected everyone at one point or another. It is so well written and the epilogue was just perfect.

A massive thank you to Compulsive Readers for organising this blog tour and sending me a copy to review. Don't forget to check out the blog posts of other bloggers on the tour.

The One That Got Away is available to buy now from Amazon and Waterstones.

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