#BookReview: Where There’s Doubt by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4
Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for an enthralling read from a favourite author of mine, Terry Tyler. This one is different in that it isn’t a dystopian or post-apocalyptic story. It is, however, a gripping one >>>
About the Book:
‘I can be anything you want me to be. Even if you don’t know you want it. Especially if you don’t know you want it.’
Café owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation.
She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.
Neither does Kate know that his schemes involve women who seek love on dating sites, as well as his small publishing business. A host of excited authors believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.
Terry Tyler’s twenty-fourth publication is a sinister psychological drama that highlights the dark side of internet dating—and the danger of ignoring the doubts of your subconscious.
An Amazing and Entertaining Read
Having read and loved many books by this great author, I had to pick up this copy, and the read did not disappoint.
“If you’ve ever gone through post-long-relationship rehabilitation you’ll know that once you’ve climbed out of the murky pit of emotion, you’re left with lots of empty spaces.” … this great line occurs fairly near the beginning of the book and sets up what happens next perfectly. We have a main character left reeling after the break-up of a long term relationship. Over the course of the ensuing chapters, the author introduces the reader to the other main players … the good, the bad, the ugly, the indifferent, and definitely the gullible.
I love how the main bad guy is revealed early on. It left me wanting to shake the characters being duped and yell at them, “Don’t do it!” lols. The characterisation, plot, and set up were all brilliantly done, and I love the humour and snark that runs throughout both the narrative and the dialogue interactions. It all felt so real that I could have been standing next to any one of the characters at any time. Here are some lines I loved …
“There’s something about your parents not really wanting you that makes you either desperate for love or incredibly self-sufficient.”
“The evening has taken on that pinky glow of too much Pimm’s and approaching dusk.”
“At it’s worst, low self-esteem goes round in an ever-intensifying downward spiral of introspection until it meets self-obsession, then crashes headlong into narcissism at the other end.”
“If there were any shoots of nostalgia about this year still floating around in the silliest corners of my subconscious, this certainly poured weed-killer on them.”
Where There’s Doubt is an enthralling read that grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it captive until the final page. I give a resounding five stars and highly recommend both this book and this writer.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …