I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks #BookReview

About this book…

The one obituary you never want to read – is your own.

Laura Swallow is dead. 
A life cut tragically short, says the newspaper obituary.
But that’s a lie. 
Estate agent Laura did not die in a car accident. She is alive and well.
At first, Laura thinks it’s a sick joke. 
But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events. Already fragile, struggling to recover from a recent divorce, Laura is plunged into a living nightmare. 
Who can she trust? Her new lover? Her clients and work colleagues? What about her ex-husband and his smug fiancée? Can Laura even rely on her best friends? And why is it that Laura’s present troubles are so tied up with her sister’s sudden death all those years ago?
But one thing Laura is sure of – someone out there wants her to suffer. Wants her gone. 

My review…

This is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last. This psychological thriller got completely under my skin and I spent an evening curled up on the sofa devouring it.

There are lots of characters introduced quite quickly in I Want You Gone but definitely keep with it if you’re a little confused at the beginning. The main event that freaks Laura out is when someone posts her death on her Facebook page and so very soon everyone that Laura has come into contact with is regarded with suspicion by the both the reader and Laura herself. Eventually, she comes to believe that it is the circumstances surrounding her sisters death that may be at the root of why someone is targeting her but how much danger can she take before it all gets just too much and others get hurt too.

This is a fast past and addictive read that is very easy to become involved in. As I said before there are plenty of suspects as to who could be doing this to Laura and I did think I had it all figured out, which I had but I hadn’t quite got to the bottom of why! The book is very much plot driven which meant that there were many characters I would like to have been developed more. Most of them were incredibly unlikable but there were some gems in there that I felt were underused especially Ian and his new partner. And as for Laura herself…I did find her incredibly annoying at times!! She was just so melodramatic and got overwrought and hysterical very VERY quickly before she took stock of things that were happening! But this was a minor thing for me and I actually thought the author did a good job of keeping my attention even though Laura kept going off on her manic “jumping to conclusions before she had the whole story” histrionics!

I’ve got a copy of the authors next book and I’m really looking forward to seeing what direction her new series takes. So watch this space!

Meet the author

 I have been writing all my life, but only turned to fiction in the last two years – and I’m loving it! After a degree in Law, I worked in marketing in London and Eastern Europe. I then set up and sold businesses in the horticultural, leisure and retail sectors. Along the way, I got a masters in writing and wrote the self-help book, ‘How Compatible Are You?’ and biography, ‘The Eccentric Entrepreneur’. In 2015, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and we had to move from our idyllic home in The Peak District to London for treatment. After a gruelling year, I wrote the novel, ‘Don’t Call Me Brave’, very loosely drawing upon my experiences of having cancer. I now live in Sussex with my husband, our musician daughter and black Labrador. ‘The Obituary’ was my first psychological thriller. My current publishers have relaunched the book as ‘I Want You Gone’. The next three books in a new psychological thriller series featuring Dr Pippa Durrant, a specialist in lie detection, will be released during May and June 2019. There is nothing better than connecting with my readers. If you’d like to say hello and would like a free short story, please check out my website at http://www.mirandarijks.com


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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