The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt @bookouture

From behind the curtains, Sarah spotted the man coming out of the house, followed by the woman. It would be strange seeing people in the property. She wondered how much it would change their lives. For now, she would bide her time and hopefully get to know them better. She needed to gain their trust.

When I met Richard, I fell for him instantly. He was able to give me everything I had always wanted, the dream house, security and above all, love like I’d never known. We lived a quiet life in the middle of nowhere; we didn’t need anyone else.

So, when the empty house next door is sold, I am wary. Will our neighbours invade the perfect life Richard has built for us? As soon as I meet Juliette and Danny, I am reassured. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of their young daughter, they have moved in search of a quiet life and a chance to start again. Over dinner one evening, we hit it off instantly and I know they are just the neighbours we need.

All is well until Juliette spots a young girl in our garden. Richard convinces her that she is seeing things, that it’s the grief taking over. But Juliette won’t let it go. She is sure she saw a child. She believes that Richard is threatening her. She starts to think that I’m not safe.

I need to convince Juliette that she’s imagining it. I need to keep Richard happy. If I am to protect everything I have built for myself, she must never find out the truth.

That my perfect life is built on the deadliest lie.

A heart-stopping psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and K.L. Slater.

I do love all of Mel’s books but I do have a real soft spot for her stand-alone psychological thrillers! The Life She Wants is a super twisty read that will have you doubting yourself throughout-just the way I love it! I really did think I knew where the storyline was going but Mel being Mel wasn’t going to make it that easy for me!

When we first meet Juliette and Danny, they are a couple searching for a new start after the death of their daughter. Their grief is authentically raw and I immediately felt drawn to them. When they move into their dream home, Danny still works away until they make the final decision on where their future lies. But Juliette has the next door neighbours to rely on…or does she? The couple seem to be hiding something and Richard appears to be a controlling partner but when Juliette sees a young girl in their garden is her grief playing tricks on her?

I absolutely loved this book! The twists and turns of the plot kept me reading long into the night as I just couldn’t work out who was playing who and why! The dialogue felt so authentic that I felt as though the action were happening in MY village and these couples were MY neighbours-although I’m really glad that they aren’t! Neighbourhood disputes can escalate quickly and the cosy dinner parties can seem like a distant memory once relationships start to breakdown but combine this with a hefty dose of gaslighting and you just know it’s all going to end in tears!

Mel Sherratt is a fantastic author and The Life She Wants is a gripping but thoughtful thriller with characters that you really care about. I loved it!

Mel Sherratt is the author of fifteen crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers, and has sold over 1.5 million books. 

For the past four years, she has been named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people. Shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library in 2014, she regularly appears at festivals and is featured in newspapers and magazines. 

She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.

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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.