When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.
Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.
In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.
To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?
Louise Mangos’ story tells of a woman who is trying to settle in a new country with her family; the authors knowledge and love is of Switzerland is evident as she describes the landscape and scenery beautifully giving the book a very real feeling which adds to the atmosphere of the story.
Alice is a runner it keeps her grounded. She’s out running when she finds Manfred on the bridge where she talks him out of committing suicide.
Alice, her family and friends think this was an act of compassion and think little more of it. Manfred agrees but sees much more into that act of kindness and he has some curious ways of showing his gratitude, his perspective is all wrong. Alice is worried, what’s happening is wrong, yet everything she does to sort it out hits a brick wall.
Alice is still getting used to the Swiss culture and way of life it is easy to empathise with her when she’s confronted with unfamiliar systems. The rigid guidelines that are part of what she confronts do seem curious. Manfred is clearly a danger, isn’t he? So why won’t anyone listen to her?
As we follow Alice through her ordeal we encounter twists in this tale that will take your breath away. You become so invested in what is happening. This is a story seemingly unbelievable and yet we know happens. Alice doesn’t always have a good sense of judgement. However, the Swiss system, to a non-Swiss, feels rigid, uncompromising and frustrating. This leaves Alice with only one course of action in her mind. What happens in the end will grip you and leave you shattered in this nightmarish tale of obsession.
With thanks to HarperCollins via NetGalley for an eARC of this book.
Published by HQ Digital. 6 July 2018 Paperback: 11 Aug 2018 (Harper Collins UK)
Number of pages: 384
Louise Mangos grew up in rural north Hertfordshire, England. Her passion for writing was prompted by winning a poetry competition at the age of eleven and subsequently seeing her work published in the local newspaper. Her determination to see the world led her to set aside her artistic desires on leaving school, to obtain a Diploma in Business Communications, before embarking on a series of global travels during which she never stopped writing. She returned to art to study several foundation courses in Switzerland, then later journalism and creative writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder in her mid-twenties. Following a series of creative and novel writing workshops, the ambition to publish a full-length work of fiction was hatched.
Her first novel, the psychological thriller Strangers on a Bridge, was shortlisted in the Flash 500 Opening Chapter Competition in 2015, finalist in the 2016 Exeter Novel prize, and long listed in the Bath Novel Award 2017.
Louise is currently editing her second thriller entitled Palette of Lies.
A place to share my love of books, old and new
Thinking, writing, thinking about writing...
Book reviews by someone who loves books ...
"Vivre le livre!"
Book Reviews & More
Life is too short to read books you don't love
The Welsh Crime Writing Collective
Book Reviews & The Joy of Reading
a classics club blog
"I love the smell of book ink in the morning." Umberto Eco
The poetry and writing of Ailsa Cawley. Welcome!
Musings about books and a blog journal
...a crime-fictional site
A bookish blog (mostly) about women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
WordPress & Blogging tips, flash fiction, photography and lots more!
A book lover writes about this, that and the other
A Community of Classics Lovers
Book reviews of mainly modern & contemporary fiction
Murder Down To A Tea
Criminally good reads
Book reviews and the occasional ramblings of a book blogger
The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Challenge
One Girl, Too Many Books
Musings and Ramblings of a Disorganised Blogger
Shalini's Digital Reads & Promotions
Read All About It
No one ever reads the same book. We all react to the written word differently. The following are my opinions regarding the books I have read.
Books, travel, and other things that make life interesting
For book lovers everywhere
Free bookreviews and other free book related stuff
And for summer days
Spotlight on Nordic / Scandinavian crime fiction... and connections
All things bookish.
Traveling together through books. Join us on our adventures through the books we read
Escaping reality one book at a time
Just a quiet knitter with an addiction to books
Reader | Writer | Blogger
Monthly Festival : Turn your book into a movie and get it seen by 1000s of people. Or garner FULL FEEDBACK from publishers on your novel and help your next draft. Or get a transcript video of your novel performed by professional actors.
The place where I put down all my thoughts and observations
A book blog with a speculative focus
Reading under the light of a Carolina moon
Each night I TRAVEL THE WORLD, I LIVE IN THE MIND OF KILLERS AND WALK AT THE SIDE OF HEROES