Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Domestic suspense
When Erica’s husband Joel dies in a tragic accident nobody suspects she had anything to do with it. But appearances can be deceptive.
Erica describes her successful, lawyer husband as handsome and charismatic when she recounts their whirlwind marriage. But nothing is what it seems.
What is Erica hiding?
Was Joel’s death really an accident?
Sometimes the truth can be ugly.
I’m so happy to be a stop on the blog tour for Beautiful Liar today. This was a riveting and often times an uneasy read as it deals with the subject of domestic abuse, but it was also a fascinating look inside a toxic relationship from both the perspective of the abuser and the one being abused.
The opening chapter is a stunner as it starts with Joel’s death. It then flips back and forth with chapters from Erica and then Joel, both in the past and in the present. Though you know that Joel is dead it was really interesting to see the events that lead to his demise. Joel is a vile man, from the start of his relationship with Erica he manipulates her to suit his sick and twisted needs. She has no idea he’s playing her and is utterly charmed by him. Erica was a vibrant and strong woman before she married Joel and seeing her crumble under his control was so heartbreaking. As Mullins reveals exactly what has been happening inside their home I was horrified and chilled to the bone.
I don’t want to discuss the plot too much more, but as hard as parts of this book were to read, it was an excellent domestic suspense which is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres and I really enjoyed Mullins engaging writing style.
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Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my review copy.