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Book Review: Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @Bookouture #FlowersfortheDead

It’s an absolute honour to be sharing my review today for Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite. Many thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for the opportunity and ebook via NetGalley.

About the book

He sees her. The one. The sunglasses don’t fool anyone, she is clearly upset, her nose and lips swollen from crying. They are two lost souls and he knows his love can help her. After all, she is not the first girl he has followed home…

Adam is the perfect boyfriend. He pays attention, he buys flowers. He knows everything about Laura and looks after her every need. He cooks, he cleans – he even does the dishes without being asked.

But Laura has never met Adam. Still grieving after a devastating car crash that killed her family, she’s forgetful and struggling to pull her life together. She’d be horrified to know the depth of this unsettling fantasy in which she is the star. But there’s no denying the chill she feels every time she finds another elaborate bouquet on her doorstep, or wakes in the night sensing she is not alone.

Adam has been watching her every move, and now it’s time to act. Except, there’s one little detail he’s missed: Laura has been watching him too.

After everything she’s been through, Laura’s ready to fight back and stop being the victim in her own life story. But in Adam’s world, there are no happy endings…

An unputdownable thriller guaranteed to have you sleeping with the light on and questioning everything you think you know about serial-killer thrillers! Perfect for fans of You by Caroline Kepnes, My Lovely Wife by Samantha Dowling and The One by John Marrs.

Flowers for the Dead is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

If you’ve ever read a Barbara Copperthwaite book before then you’ll know how they tend to get under your skin, well be warned because this one will not only get under your skin but it will stay there for a long time after. It’s a cracker. If you’ve not read one before then go buy this, you won’t be disappointed.

Ive never read a book like this before, it’s chilling and actually quite terrifying but never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought that I would feel a little bit sorry for a serial killer. I know you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking what the …. but when you read this book you will understand. Adam is quite terrifying but throughout the story we’re taken back in time and we find out why maybe Adam is the way he is.

I really don’t want to go into the plot and spoil the story for you, this is one you need to just get stuck into but I will say that it gave me the creeps. You know when you get the shiver, the someone’s walking over your grave shiver? Well that happened on more than one occasion for me, I had actual goose bumps.

Flowers for the Dead is quite a disturbing story but it had me totally engrossed, if I could have covered my eyes while reading I think I probably would have. I liked how we got Adams point of view, it’s not often you get the serial killers thinking and it’s broken up nicely with Laura and Mikes story as well as going back in time to Adams upbringing.

If you’re looking for a story that will grip you from beginning to end then Flowers for the Dead is the one. The tension builds throughout, its edge of your seat, breath holding stuff until the emotional climax. Definitely one I will be highly recommending.

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About the author

Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET.

More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).

Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers’ eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.

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