Today I would like to welcome The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne into the world of psychological thrillers, and a big thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
I’m thrilled to be part of the Blog Blitz opening The Puppet Master today, in good company joining in with a fantastic bunch of book bloggers.
Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.
Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.
Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?
One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
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The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne is a superb psychological thriller which could compete easily with the big boys in the book charts. An intense but sometimes harrowing tale of Billie’s escape from a dark past which always seems to rest on the fringes of her life.
Billie has ostracised herself from society, living in fear and isolation, believing that if she doesn’t integrate with people she can’t be hurt and no-one would know what happened in her past. Life changes and Billie’s guard is let down when she meets Adam, a journalist, but has Adam the best intentions for Billie or is there an ulterior motive. As I continued to read I discovered that Adam was gaining feelings for Billie, but he was trying to contain them, he wanted answers, the truth and he was going to get it by any means necessary.
a person, group, or country that covertly controls another
The Puppet Master deceived me slightly into believing Billie was a mild, meek and woeful woman, but in reality she is actually strong, it took a profound amount of courage for Billie to escape her tumultuous past. The Puppet Master may be pulling the strings, manipulating from the side-lines but its only a matter of time until past and present collide.
control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly or unscrupulously
I was amazed at how well the book flowed between the two characters Billie and Adam, the transition between the past and the present, adapting their lives and slowly unfolding the drama. I loved how I was guided through some very heart-wrenching scenarios, a lot of which are still taboo to talk about. The descriptions although distressing were accurate and not sensationalised, which helped to understand grief, suicide, abuse and bullying from the perspective of each character, the author and in ways our own understanding.
Caught off guard on several occasions, I felt The Puppet Master gnawing through the dark recesses of my brain, wanting to take control. Slowly exuding an exceptional feeling of calmness. The Puppet Master was controlling my thoughts, determining the pace, sensing my imagination, delving deep into my world and dominating my every waking moment.
The Puppet Master took over my world until the last turn of the page, several days on, the book is still stalking the confines of my mind.
Thank you to Abigail Osborne and Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of The Puppet Master to read in exchange for an honest review. Thanks also to Sarah Hardy for letting me loose on another Blog Blitz, won’t be long before we do it all over again I’m sure.
Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. ‘The Puppet Master’ is Abigail’s debut novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats. She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.