The Life She Wants: Totally Gripping Psychological Suspense with a Heart-Stopping Twist Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From behind the curtains, Sarah spotted the man coming out of the house, followed by the woman. It would be strange seeing people in the property. She wondered how much it would change their lives. For now, she would bide her time and hopefully get to know them better. She needed to gain their trust.
When I met Richard, I fell for him instantly. He was able to give me everything I had always wanted, the dream house, security and above all, love like I’d never known. We lived a quiet life in the middle of nowhere; we didn’t need anyone else.
So, when the empty house next door is sold, I am wary. Will our neighbors invade the perfect life Richard has built for us? As soon as I meet Juliette and Danny, I am reassured. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of their young daughter, they have moved in search of a quiet life and a chance to start again. Over dinner one evening, we hit it off instantly, and I know they are just the neighbors we need.
All is well until Juliette spots a young girl in our garden. Richard convinces her that she is seeing things, that it’s the grief taking over. But Juliette won’t let it go. She is sure she saw a child. She believes that Richard is threatening her. She starts to think that I’m not safe.
I need to convince Juliette that she’s imagining it. I need to keep Richard happy. If I am to protect everything I have built for myself, she must never find out the truth.
That my perfect life is built on the deadliest lie.
A heart-stopping psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan, and K.L. Slater.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 47 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 29, 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #32,943 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#959 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,169 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,499 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
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The Life She Wants is the latest thriller by Mel Sherratt and my word, she always knows how to keep a reader hooked. The story is told across two timelines and from the perspectives of Sarah, Juliette and Louisa, it's a tale of coercive control, domestic abuse, sibling rivalry and murder. Sherratt creates her characters so realistically that you either love them or loathe them, I adored Juliette and really wanted her and Danny to find happiness again, as for Richard, I just wanted to punch him in the face for his arrogance and demeanour. The plot is well laid out, with short chapters and enough intrigue to keep me on the edge of my seat and so invested that I didn't want to put it down, even though real life always gets in the way, I was picking my kindle up at every opportunity, even staying up late to read 'just one more chapter', and we all know how that goes, because it's never just one! I've loved all the books I've read by this author and this is no exception, I highly recommend it.
The relationship between Danny and Juliette is beautiful. Love’s young(ish) dream, overcoming heartbreak with a fresh start in idyllic Staffordshire. Restarting life away from the hustle and bustle of London in a quaint village sounds a perfect tonic for them. Until they meet the neighbours..x
Richard and Sarah are an odd couple but the more I got to know them, the more I was disturbed by them. Richard is that man you don’t want to get to know, the one that should ring alarm bells but doesn’t because he’s ultra-charming until he knows you’re properly hooked and it’s too late *shudder*
Sherratt has curated yet another twisted tale that dragged me into village life in Staffordshire where everything should be quaint and peaceful. But she manages to destroy the idiom of the perfect country setting by having neighbours from hell! I loved this tense thriller running through my emotional library as I got to know her unique characters. If you love your domestic psych-thrillers, grab yourself a copy and settle down for a bumpy ride!
There are some excellent characters in this book. Very real, believable characters who I became very much invested in.
I liked Juliette and Danny immediately and my heart broke for them both for the loss of their young daughter. I could totally understand their need for a fresh start and a quieter life. The house they buy sounds amazing, and I can understand them being drawn to a sleepy, picturesque village, where nothing much goes on. Or so they thought.
Their new neighbours seem a bit odd to say the least. They have had the luxury of the house next door being empty for years and had got used to their privacy. Richard and Sarah are now forced to accept the new couple’s presence.
Richard is a right nasty piece of work. It’s obvious quite early on that he has a controlling nature and he’s not at all nice to Sarah. He made me angry and mostly made my skin crawl. Whatever women see in blokes like him I don’t know, but I can understand how men like him can be charming when they need to be to get what they want. I can’t abide bullies.
I didn’t particularly warm to Sarah either though, yet I didn’t really know why. She’s hardly living the high life she dreamed of. Their house sounds beautiful, but her life genuinely felt oppressed and claustrophobic. She doesn’t have a life really, just a suffocating existence. Does she deserve anything different though? They do say be careful what you wish for!
This is an extremely tense read. It made me feel on edge throughout most of it and I still don’t know how I feel about Sarah. Brilliant writing! This is one of those stories I know will stay with me for a long time to come.
All the stars from me. I can’t recommend highly enough!
It didn’t take long for me to become uneasy. A couple with a tragedy in their past sees them moving on to try to start again. To begin with, the husband, Danny, continues to work during the week in London and stays in a flat while his wife, Juliette, gets on with their new life in a lovely house they’ve bought in a village.
Enter the neighbours. Enter the unease. Straight away, you get that feeling: Ay up, something’s off here. My skin went all tingly at this point. I’d like to say I have Spidey senses, because that would be ace, but to be honest, it’s just the author’s skill in giving me the creeps.
I loved the duality of some characters. It shows how one person goes one way and the other person runs hell for leather down I’m a Strange Person Street then round the corner to I’m Going To Freak You Out Avenue. There are a few strange ones in here, which is always a bonus, and you honestly don’t know whether you should root for one in particular or hate them.
I read the first quarter over two nights—I only read for about half an hour. Then it went wrong. I did the usual, reading away last night, and at the point I usually nod off (never the fault of the authors) and the Kindle wallops me in the face, I switch off and sleep. On this occasion, I said to myself: Just one more chapter. This “just one more” lasted until one-thirty instead of half ten. I woke at three—and started reading it again. What? I told myself off, but myself didn’t listen. I didn’t stop until I’d finished. This meant I had just over four hours’ sleep.
I won’t forget these people. They’re still milling around in my head. I can still see the house next door, the bench at the bottom of a garden, the hedge dividing the properties, the studio, the annex. I wish the book had been longer so I didn’t have to leave the setting and the people. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended.
This is an intriguing thriller told from the point of view of three women: Juliette, Sarah and Louisa. It's the story of an abusive marriage and of bitter sibling rivalry. I struggled to feel much for either of the sisters, but felt very protective to innocent bystanders, Danny and Juliette: it is their arrival that brings the vile circus of horror next door crashing down.
Overall an enjoyable and twisty read.