The Women by S.E. Lynes #blogtour @SELynesAuthor @bookouture

Today I’m sharing my review of The Women by S.E. Lynes as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Kim at Bookouture for the invite onto the tour!

About this book…

The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside…

Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls. 

Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.

But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her.

And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?

You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.

My review…

Oh I did love this one! What a deliciously dark and devious novel The Women is! From the opening chapter set in the beautiful city of Rome, I was hooked! And I remained hooked until that brilliantly delivered ending!

Samantha meets Peter on a night out and they very quickly become involved. I found Samantha to be rather naive at first but then I had to remember that she was only 21 when she became involved with the much older lecturer. Her backstory, when it unfolds, also gives us more of an insight into her reactions to her new boyfriend so I did try to give her a little more understanding! But I did NOT like Peter and found him to be controlling, manipulative and just downright selfish!! He was obviously set in his ways and expected his less experienced new partner to fit in with him but he wound me up so much! And I do love it when a character inspires such an excess of emotion in me even if it is a negative one! So I was just waiting to see if Peter got his comeuppance or if there was something else I had missed. And when we return to where we started and everything came together there was a real sense of justice being served, even if it wasn’t quite what I’d been expecting!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Women. It was an intelligent, relevant and wickedly insightful look at the importance of the relationships we build with our peers. It left me with a very large smile on my face and a compulsion to recommend to all!

Meet the author…

Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. THE WOMEN out for pre-order NOW.  

S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.  

After the birth of her third child, she completed an MA in creative writing from Kingston University. Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL in 2018. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture. 

Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at

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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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