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Until I Met Her (Emma Fern, 1) Paperback – July 13, 2017
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She should never have said ‘yes’…
When Beatrice said she wanted to publish her next novel under Emma’s name, Emma couldn’t believe it. Why on earth would Beatrice Johnson Greene, the famous crime writer, not want to publish her new book as herself?
This time, Beatrice explained, she wanted to write something different, and publish it as an unknown author. She was too famous―and she needed Emma’s help.
After everything Beatrice had done for her, Emma could hardly refuse. But what was meant to be a favour has turned into a betrayal, and now Emma has done something terrible, something shocking, and the consequences are terrifying…
Revised edition: This edition of Until I Met Her includes editorial revisions.
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Natalie Barelli can usually be found reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a psychological thriller. Writing a novel was always on her bucket list, and eventually, with Until I Met Her, it became a reality. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
When not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Natalie loves cooking, knits very badly, enjoys riding her Vespa around town, and otherwise spends far too much time at the computer. She lives in Australia, with her husband and extended family.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (July 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161109982X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611099829
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #612,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Was Emma's situation odd? Sure, but I think most of us would be a little star-struck if one of our idols came along and showed interest in becoming friends. I mean, if Scarlet Johansson popped by & wanted to take me to lunch, I'd be pretty excited to hang out & ask for make-up or exercise tips or something. Sure, I would really wonder why the heck she showed interest in me, but I'd be able to push my doubts away enough to hit the mall with her every couple of days.
I don't want to give anything away, but if I leaned toward Emma's mindset, somebody had better advise Scarlet to stay in line.
I plan to watch for more books from Natalie Barelli.
Emma's transformation from puppy dog doormat to brilliant murderer was hard for me to buy. Mostly I really disliked Emma. What a silly despicable protagonist. I liked Beatrice better, even though her role was that of the anti-heroine.
Told in the first person, this story of the of a young wanna-be author is a murky mix of good intentions and malevolent betrayals, a world of deceit and self-delusion. The plot twists and turns with a variety of well written conflicts and alliances. Who do we trust? Who should we believe? Where does the power lie? Who is to reap the awards and accolades? Who will still be alive at the end?
If you, like me, are a fan of good thrillers, I recommend that you meet her too.
― Natalie Barelli, Until I Met Her
This is a highly rated book and I wish I could have loved it as much as many. While this was an enjoyable read, there were a few things that I did not like.
I loved the premise which is why I put it on my list of books to read. I like reading about writers and this premise..a writer asking her friend to assume her identity..seemed fun. And it was at first. I loved the first half. The writing is so good. It's fresh and energetic and makes one want to keep turning the pages. But, for me anyway, things at some point, took a nosedive.
I really did not love the twist. It seems every mystery these days needs a twist and I do not see why. The book went quickly from a fun book about a writer to a Psycho killer book. This type of book I have read alot of but I did not think Until I met her was going to go down that path and I was a little let down when it did.
I also found the ending difficult to stomach. I found the whole thing unbelievable and could not buy Emma as a mass murderer. That is not where I expected the book to go and I found that the way things played out was unrealistic to say the least.
It was a double let down because, unlike books that are just OK and then goes sideways, this one was absolutely terrific to start. I loved the plot in the beginning and thought it was so fresh and original but then I thought it just turned into another thriller and I really did not like that.
Although I did not really care for where this book went all that much I’d still give it 3.5 stars because the first half was riveting. I just felt it went down a path I could not believe.
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Beatrice then wants to take Emma out as a thank you and over time she befriends her and makes a proposition. She has written a novel which is a departure from her usual crime books and wants to use Emma’s name as the author because she feels it may hurt her reputation if the book doesn’t sell.
After much convincing over time Emma agrees. There in lies the problem. The book does much better than expected and we see a change in Emma, she behaves as if she wrote the novel, even her husband is in the dark.
Then when the book grows and maybe nominated for an award, Beatrice feels it’s time to come clean, this is not what Emma wants she thinks the book is hers and no one is going to get in her way…… there are a few shocks on the way as we find out exactly how far she will go to keep her secret and in all her angst to do so, what will it do to her marriage…… will her lies finally catch up with her…..
I can thoroughly recommend this author.