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Blink: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget Paperback – October 18, 2018
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What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger . . . because of you?
Three years ago, Toni's five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni's mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.
'Brilliant, very clever . . . I absolutely recommend it' B. A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
What readers are saying about Blink:
'Once I started I couldn't stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I had hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more ... An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me.' Jen Med's Book Reviews
'A novel that those who liked The Girl on The Train and Behind Closed Doors won't want to miss' My Little Book Corner
'I finished this book in nearly one day. I was completely unable to put this book down. Everything about this book sucks you in and doesn't let go.' Bombshell Reads
'Just BRILLIANT' It's All About Books
'A thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life' By the Letter Book Reviews
'The book had me from the very first sentence and kept hold of me until I finished it. There are twists galore but on one occasion my jaw actually dropped open as I realised that all was not as it seemed. Fantastic writing, excellent characterisation that has left me salivating for book number three! Five stars.' Angela Marsons
'Five stars! This book had me hook line and sinker ... this author's mind is very very clever.' Sue and her Books
'WOW, what a corker of a book, gripping story, believable untrustworthy characters and not just one but two totally jaw dropping unexpected twists' Nicki's Life of Crime
'What a read ... The ending took me completely by surprise! In most books, I end up guessing the ending, but this book was spectacular. The book had me gripped from word 'go'. I couldn't stop reading ...a brilliant brilliant book' Any Excuse to Read
'A fantastic psychological thriller and I was kept hooked throughout. Lots of twists and turns, an excellent pace and so much suspense and surprise, I didn't quite know where the book was going at times ...couldn't be anything other than five stars!' Donna's Book Blog
'With bucketfuls of suspense and intrigue Blink is guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller love on the edge of their seats. Five Stars' The Book Review Cafe
'Pure genius!! Blink is everything a psychological thriller should be! K L Slater is in a class of her own ... Just when you think you have it figured out, you are knocked out of the park! One of the most mind-bending twists ever, just simply stunning!' What Rachel Read Next
'The twist towards the end took me completely by surprise. I actually had to put the book down for a moment and stop before I could carry on. It really took my breath away. K. L. Slater pulled this off brilliantly!' Hooked from Page One
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- Publisher : Sphere (October 18, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0751573345
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751573343
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.91 x 0.91 x 5.16 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #586,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
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At the beginning the character development was done well. One could easily understand Toni. Her struggles, frustrations, and challenges were real. I found myself rooting for her and even being frustrated by her mistakes.
She reminded me of The Girl on the Train by Hawkins; an unremarkable character who struggled with difficult life challenges.
The author laid out her thought processes and calculations to the most minute detail. Her sensitivity to all the minutia made me wonder whether or not she was indecisive running herself around in circles.
Evie and Harriet were also portrayed very well. The thought process and maturity level of the little girl was outlined in a realist relatable manner.
The lunacy of Harriet was justifiable to point where the author set up the reader to thinking that she committed the kidnap. She actually was certifiable. But, in this case, not guilty of that crime.
Even though Jo was present throughout the book she wasn’t developed to the point of being suspect. Instead she served as the author’s decoy for the reader to think she was Toni.
The book ended abruptly in a deus ex machina fashion. The villain came out of nowhere with a story and motivation that had nothing to do with the book. It was a side story that basically blindsided that reader and Toni.
Nevertheless, it was entertaining like a decent movie that one can relax to over some popcorn.
As the story goes on, it’s harder and harder to care what happened to this woman. She makes bad choice after bad choice and even though people do actually start working against her, it’s hard to muster any sympathy for her. She does so many incompetent and neglectful things that it’s so hard to like her as a character. If I can’t like her as a character, it’s even harder to care what happens to her.
There are so many adults making bad choices that turn out to be the focus of this book and all the time, the poor five-year old child is the one suffering. Being overlooked and pushed aside and put in bad situations.
What I did like about the book was the twists and turns it took. There were a limited number of characters, so the suspect list wasn’t too long. Each character stood out on their own with their own depth and personalities. I’d read in other reviews that there were too many grammatical errors to stay focused, but I didn’t find this to be true. The story was smooth and mysterious enough to keep me interested without frustrating me. It was well written and thought out. A very entertaining read.
I think the point in this story was to bring to light that things can go wrong just from bad luck. Evie was taken while her mother was stuck in traffic and there was nothing she could do about it. The problem with that is, we spent 70% of the book seeing that Toni is a very neglectful parent. Just because that moment was completely out of her control didn’t mean much. The media is focused on blaming Toni, though that’s not what the book is about, it’s mentioned like it’s a point to be made, but it’s hard not to blame Toni for letting her daughter down so much. Maybe overall, we shouldn’t focus on parenting skills when looking for an abducted child, but that couldn’t be the case in this story. Toni’s parenting skills were what the book was about.
The ending turned out to be a bit convoluted also. Toni had broken into someone else’s house and was somehow followed by the kidnapper before they burst in on her and told their entire evil plan. It was one way to answer all of my questions, but highly unlikely. At least Evie was found.
I was lured in by other reviews promising an amazing plot twist that I wouldn't see coming. Except I did see it coming. With the exception of a couple of smaller details, I knew who the "bad guy" was long before the reveal. It doesn't take much imagination to line up the list of possible suspects and then go about eliminating them, especially when the author is using misdirection like a bludgeoning tool. Blink is not a bad book. Its just not the page-turner I was lead to believe it would be. I did like the use of the stroke victim as story telling tool. I thought that piece was imaginative and created most of the tension. I also felt that Toni's "dirty little secret" (so called as to not spoil the plot) gave the book a sort of gaslighting quality that I appreciated. I felt that it could have been wielded a bit more, actually. But the rest of the story is really fairly common mystery/thriller trope wrapped around a couple of good concepts.
I read it in 4 hours and wish I had checked to see if the library had it before paying for it. It was only $2.99 but still, while not a "bad" book exactly, I would rather have spent that money on something that left me in awe of the story line or the writer's deft use of language. In this case, I spent .75 cents/hour on something I had figured out myself by the halfway point.
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How on earth does someone place a nest of wasps inside a bouquet of flowers, and the wasps only wake up and fly out when the flowers are rearranged?
Toni managed to see movement behind the window of the house next door, while she was inside her own house!
Toni is still picking up her husband’s prescription sedatives from the pharmacy, two years after he died. Apparently, the pharmacist must have been handing them out without a repeat prescription from the doctor, as the doctor would surely know the patient was dead!!
I was sick of hearing about the ‘small brown bottle’ of pills. Do pharmacies even dispense medication in brown bottles these days, they all seem to come in blister packs. Tori didn’t trust herself to take them as they knocked her out or made her woozy, so why was she constantly taking them at irresponsible times when she had to drive somewhere or should have been looking after her daughter?
I could go on and on with a list of stupid actions, but won’t. It’s a shame, the theme for the story was so good and I wanted to finish the book to see what happened. It did have a couple of unexpected good twists and quite a few red herrings thrown in along the way. I also felt a bit cheated that the book finished quite abruptly at 90% on Kindle to allow a preview of all the author’s other books. 3 stars is generous.
Setting aside any plot improbability (which many novels have), the “blurb” makes much of a “killer twist” and it’s in relation to this that I have a problem with this book. (There is in fact more than one plot element which could be regarded as a twist, but I think it’s clear which is the main one.) As I see it, the problem is that the author has gone too far in reader manipulation (which again all writers attempt to some extent), so that the novel is seriously flawed. I don’t want to include spoilers, which makes it more difficult to be clear, but let me put it this way: it’s pretty easy to provide a twist if in passages before the twist you mislead the reader with narration which becomes both unnatural and unbelievable once you know what the twist is.
After I discovered the “twist”, I was sufficiently surprised (so, perhaps it was a good twist?) to re-read the earlier relevant parts, and confirmed that there were several passages where in my view the author has manipulated the narration unfairly to suggest one thing that turns out not to be true. To be clear, this is not unreliable narration in what I understand is the accepted sense. That is a well-known and often very successful technique. What the author has done here is simply include passages before the twist which unfairly mislead the reader. By “unfair” here I mean that it is just not believable that the statements made in these passages would have been made, and that their inclusion is apparently solely to misdirect the reader. (As I said, it would have been much easier to explain with spoilers.)
I have reduced the rating I would have given because of the flaw as I see it. If the flaw doesn’t bother you, you may well enjoy the book
A nurse expresses disapproval when someone has to leave someone’s bedside to collect a child from school. Nonsense!
As with so many “thrillers” people with absolutely crucial information don’t go to the police with it. It’s so incredibly nonsensical.
A couple of unexpected d twists but a lot of the story is dull - a character going about her life, having coffee, starting a job, getting to know her colleagues.
Not sure why this is so highly rated.