About this book…
Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control?
Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?
Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems. Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?
One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
What a fabulous debut novel this is from Abigail Osborne! I don’t know what I was expecting but it definitely wasn’t this emotional love story twisted around a creepy chiller that pulled me in from the first page.
The Puppet Master has one of the most vile and creepy villains I have come across in quite some time. As you can tell from the title, both Adam and Billie are being controlled and manipulated by this shadowy figure that we only meet at the start through his diary entries. Billie,though, was a character that I took to immediately with her sweet nature although I really wanted her to grow a bit more backbone as I hated to see her hiding away from the world. But as the plot progressed I could see exactly why she had retreated into her own little world with only Bobby the cat for company.
I liked the way that this was told in alternating viewpoints, from both Billie and Adam, as it often told the same events from their differing perspectives. And as the tension started to increase those chapters got shorter and sharper until a ferociously shocking climax which didn’t exactly play out the way I thought it would. Some of the scenes were difficult to read at times due to their emotional intensity but the author doesn’t hold back in her punchy plotting to get her story told. There was one small chapter towards the end that didn’t quite work for me but that’s only a little quibble for me personally and it certainly didn’t deter from my eagerness to finish the final few pages.
For a debut novelist Abigail Osborne has done a great job of making the reader care about her characters and I can tell she felt very connected to them. She has a natural flare for storytelling and has drawn a lot from her personal emotions so I can’t wait to see where she goes from here!
The Puppet Master was self published on 30th August 2016 and is available to buy at Amazon UK
My thanks to the author for my review copy of The Puppet Master in return for my unbiased review.
About the author…
Abbie was born in the Lake District and has moved all around the UK since then until she met her husband at University. She lives with him and their two crazy cats in the West Midlands. She is a Needs Assessor for students with disabilities and has her own book reviewing blog called Many Books, Many Lives. Even though she did English Literature at University it wasn’t until she started reviewing books that she realised how much she loved to write. The Puppet Master is her first novel but it certainly won’t be her last.
You can follow her on @Abigail_Author or @MBequalsML.