But I can see it being huge for A really, really great read with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Despite finishing it a few days ago I'm still thinking about the characters I've read some brilliant books this year and this is up there with the best. Despite finishing it a few days ago I'm still thinking about the characters and the plot. Very clever, very compelling. Highly recommended! View all 5 comments. Apr 21, Vicki rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , thriller , read-in , for-review , april As a mother, I really can't think of anything more terrifying than being made to make a choice between which of my children should live or die.
I mean, how do you even do that? It's easy to say I wouldn't do this or that, but really, in such a situation who the hell knows what we would do? It's beyond my own imagination. The Choice tackles this dilemma, when on the day of her twins tenth birthday, a masked gunman forces their way into Maddie's home and demands she choose which of her twins should As a mother, I really can't think of anything more terrifying than being made to make a choice between which of my children should live or die.
The Choice tackles this dilemma, when on the day of her twins tenth birthday, a masked gunman forces their way into Maddie's home and demands she choose which of her twins should be spared. It's a shocking and brutal opening, leaving the reader in utter, heart-stopping, horror before switching to three months later, when a grieving, disorientated and mentally broken Maddie is trying to piece together what happened that day. It quickly becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems, as through a series of flashbacks and dream like states, the reader becomes as disorientated and confused as the fragile Maddie.
I thought the way Samantha King portrayed her seemingly tenuous grip on reality was superb. And then when the massive shocker of a twist came, it made it only more impressive. I seriously had not been expecting it at all. I had no bloody idea where this book was going. It was so crazily twisty and gripping, I got thumb ache from pressing the next page button on my kindle so quickly. Samantha King's writing is extremely engaging and convincing, with the whole book written from Maddie's perspective. I could feel her confusion, fear and consuming guilt.
Yet there's a niggling feeling of is it real? Who do we trust? The Choice is fascinating as it explores parental favouritism between siblings and the effect of resentment and envy into adulthood. But there are many other themes running throughout, covering some uncomfortable topics, all of which interconnect and build to result in a catastrophic result.
If I had one tiny complaint, then I felt the ending seemed a bit rushed and maybe an epilogue chapter would have just rounded it off. That's just me though, I like closure!
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Other than that small niggle, I thought The Choice was excellent. It had me gripped from beginning to end and with twists at every turn, it was an adrenaline-fueled, heart-pumping roller coaster of a ride. If you're a fan of great psychological thrillers, then you won't be disappointed by this one. Jul 03, Dee rated it did not like it.
The story is all over the place, and the twists are painfully obvious very early on.
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After endless pages of repetitive thinking and worrying, the end was really rushed. It reads like a self published novel, not something a publisher actually paid money for and presumably a professional editor had a hand in. Sep 02, Lesley rated it really liked it Shelves: ebook , mystery-thriller , dv-sv-stalker-pervert , audiobook , family , uk-book. This book was different and I sort of new where it was going but I liked reading the twists in the story that proved me right!
Aug 15, Kim Ebner rated it liked it. Please check out my blog at: www. Yes, there were strange things happening and things that didn't really add up, but I knew that everything would come together by the end. And then I started Part Two Wow, a twist right there that I didn't see coming.
That's how this book went along, and I enjoyed it. By the end of Part Two, there's another twist, which unfortunately for Please check out my blog at: www. By the end of Part Two, there's another twist, which unfortunately for me, I did see coming, but a twist nonetheless. I love books with twists and it's one of the reasons that I'm such a fan of psychological thrillers. For me, the more twists and turns, the better.
This book had a number of them, which made me very happy. On the slightly negative side, there were parts that tended to be a little slow, and Madeleine's pain and longing for her child did feature heavily in the story, perhaps a little too heavily at times. Yes, I understood her pain, but the frequent comments about the emotional pain, physical longing and desire to hold and cuddle her child, were perhaps a little overplayed.
Then again, the author was trying to show the reader the absolute turmoil that the main character was going through, so perhaps those scenes could be justified. Also, this isn't a book in which a lot actually happens. Part One is pretty strong, with a fair amount of action, and thrilling aspects. But then it seems to slow down and the rest of the book tends to creep along. I can't say that it ever totally lost my interest, but towards the end I was looking forward to reading some more explosive scenes.
Did they come? Sort of. The pace picked up towards the end but I can't say it rocketed forward. By the end of the book, I felt that I'd been entertained, but I also felt so-so about the read. It was never fully explained exactly why a specific character acted the way that they did, and I felt that I'd been left hanging slightly.
The change in their nature from the first page to the last, remains a mystery. There was enough in this story to keep me engaged. It's worth reading if you can get your hands on a copy. Words used like daggers! Emotions worn on sleeves! Actions louder than life! This rocked my world and was utterly terrifying and captivating all wrapped into one. Good luck reading this and not looking around from time to time checking your surroundings to make sure you're alone. Samantha King this was bloody brilliant.
The back and forth banter made this all the more exciting as a reader because you have know idea what is going on or where the next incident will take place. Maddie Castle the m Words used like daggers! Maddie Castle the main character and mom of twins is celebrating their 10th birthday with Aidan and Annabel and husband Dom until they weren't. Now grief stricken after a mysterious masked killer enters the home and drags or kills or knifes or well I'm not sure Well, look as readers not everything appears as it should and look for the unexpected.
Perhaps this perpetrator was lying in wait, grooming Annabel, or worse what if it was Dom as he was abusive to Maddie or could it be Max his bro who she had a tryst with? The detective seemed certain Max fired the fatal shot and then killed himself but didn't a similar suicide occur with Dom I hate when I can't keep track of things don't you?
Wait are you thinking what I'm thinking was it really Maddie all along? No, she couldn't have she loved those kids more than life itself, they were here flesh and blood but where they really Dom's? Hmmm well you might be on to something. However, this is what rock bottom feels and now we have one victim and two murderers and what the heck how about another twister we'll say what if Annabel was not murdered and is actually alive?
I'm so fluttered, the detectives confirmed she was shot , but now this? How can a parent ever play favorites, how can you choose one over the other as the killer made her do in noting, "Choose one Bitch". BRRR Chillllllinnnngggg! But what if she never has to make a choice, what if she simply chooses to not choose?! Ok, now I'm totally confused, well me too but perhaps there's a way to stay alive and not be caught making a choice but in not making it's still a win for all involved.
Well, you'll see what I mean after you read The Perfect Family as the suspense is immense and the emotions are real. What a fab read so rush to get this newest work wherever it's available to you! Because I choose ME! Feb 18, BookwormCatLady rated it it was ok Shelves: netgalley-arc , tbcreading-challenge. This book had a lot of promise and I was excited to read it when offered a copy of it however it didn't live up to expectations for me unfortunately. I found it extremely repetitive and going nowhere to the point where I considered putting it on my DNF pile a couple of times.
Aug 05, Louise rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. Slick writing with the odd hint of something weird going on. Dec 24, Dawn rated it it was amazing. Thank you net galley and the publishers for the absolute privilege to read this copy in exchange for an honest review. The description alone was harrowing but once I overcame this I was absolutely enthralled by this novel.
Maddie is faced with the hardest decision of her life when she has to choose which of her twin children must die. The aftermath is traumatic and heartbreaking. She is left unable to communicate with her husband and remaining child. What unfolds after this left me speechless. I Thank you net galley and the publishers for the absolute privilege to read this copy in exchange for an honest review. I was describing the first few chapters to a friend as hard going but today I described the book as one of the best I have read. There needs to be more buzz about this book and I will be recommending this to my book club on release date.
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Jan 26, Claire Allan rated it it was amazing. I had seen a bit of a buzz building about the debut novel from Samantha King - so was eager to see if it lived up to expectations. It's fair to say, it exceeded them. From the first chapter - where my jaw dropped at the powerful predicament mother of two Maddie found herself in - to the last, emotional page - this book grabbed my attention entirely.
The premise of the book is every mother's worst nightmare. A gunman storms into your house, grabs both your children, forces you to choose which one t I had seen a bit of a buzz building about the debut novel from Samantha King - so was eager to see if it lived up to expectations. A gunman storms into your house, grabs both your children, forces you to choose which one to save and which one to watch die.
As the book begins, Maddie, traumatised deeply by her experience, struggles to come to terms with her choice - she struggles to connect with her husband, or her surviving child. She feels like a ghost on the edge of a life that was once so familiar - and feels as if she will never be able to recover from the awful trauma which visited her house on her twins' tenth birthday. It's hard to review this book without giving away any twists and turns - because this book twists and turns like no other.
Just when you think you have an idea of what's going on, or when you think one situation is resolved, things inevitably take another twist. All the while, we are in the head of Maddie - a woman broken by her experience, who doesn't remember large chunks of her life before or after the shooting. This book had me gripped entirely - forsaking TV viewing for two nights to gobble it up and find out what had happened and how Maddie would cope with what she has been through.
While the thrust of this book is indeed a thriller - and one which Samantha King delivers in spades, it is her writing of a mother's love, and the daily interaction of Maddie and her children before the shooting that gives this book the real grip factor. You are with her as she makes her decision. You are with her after. You see the love she made sure her babies never doubted and it grabs you by the heart and makes this an emotional rollercoaster of a read. I highly recommend this book - it is an exceptional debut and I'm very much looking forward to seeing Samantha King's career as a writer progress.
A first class, gripping triumph of a book. Mar 17, Laurel rated it really liked it. The premise of this psychological thriller was excellent - a mother forced to choose between her twins when a masked gunman arrives in their home. The book centres round the build up to the event and the aftermath, particularly the trauma to Madrid the mother due to her guilt in having to make the most awful choice.
This was quite harrowing to read. The character of Maddie was great and well portrayed. But somehow In the first half of the book I found it hard work as the pace and build up was a bit slow, which lessened the impact for me. The second half had a bit more of a punch especially as the story started to twist and turn. A gripping read. Dec 30, Olivia McMullan rated it liked it.
The story was good and I can see why they chose that title for it at the begining but towards the end I felt that it wasnt what I had expected. Why call it that? I didnt really enjoy it towards the end as much as I did at the begining and the middle of the story. Aug 29, Melanie rated it it was ok. This book didn't really deliver the promised story. It was very repetitive and the ending was quick and abrupt. Review coming soon. Feb 07, Sandi Wallace rated it really liked it Shelves: uk-europe-writers. The beginning was slow and I really had a hard time getting into it.
Not that it wasn't well written, but just I wasn't forming any attachment to the story. I am so glad I stuck with it though because by Part 2, the author through in a major TWIST and my god did she pack a punch with that one. Double whammy. Part 3 was also crazy pyscho twisty turny. The story continued with twists and turns and al 3. The story continued with twists and turns and all in all, it was enjoyable read. I admit I skimmed through a few pages that were somewhat slower than others. Overall, the idea of the story was pretty cool and it definitely had moments of panic.
The author painted such an intense picture of Madelaine's pain and frustrations that I sometimes had to take a break because it was some pretty deep thoughts and emotions on the pages. May 08, Mary rated it it was amazing. The Choice A gunman charges into her house and asks her to choose which of her twins he will kill. After the murder Maddie Castle is shattered with such paralysing guilt and grief that she is unable to speak or leave the house.
Her husband and surviving child can not look her in the face. In this state fragments of memory return until she begins to understand how she got to that point in her life. So this impressive debut novel opens. How does Samantha King lead us through it. The brief author description says she was a psychotherapist so she is clearly qualified to explore these labyrinthine contours of the mind. But this is more than a psychological thriller, it is a gripping account of the sequence of events following the crime and the reinterpretation of past events that throws light on the tortuous present coloured as it is by the guilt of choosing which child will die.
Initially set in the family home each subsequent change of venue becomes the scene for radical shifts in the unfolding story. Her memories of everyday family life build a picture of how things used to be, and such is the efficiency of the narrative that the reader will realise that no commonplace detail was superfluous in the unfolding story. The Choice is an outstanding novel and it is also an announcement that a new literary talent has come to light.
I hope we can look forward to more Samantha King novels. Book Description What if you had to choose between your children? Now: Madeleine stands silent on the periphery of her now fractured family, trying desperately to unravel why her world Book Description What if you had to choose between your children? My Review Could you choose, a decision you would have to live with for the rest of your life, one of your children Surviving Child a Twin A fantastic rollercoaster of a ride from Samantha King on her debut psychological thriller The Choice, a fast paced storyline with a multitude of twists within the plot.
As I read I felt as if the story was leading one way but to veer another but I didn't think it detracted from the story, infact I rather enjoyed the way I had to try and decipher and peel back the layers of what was happening in Maddie's life. Samantha has an enviable knack of bringing the story to life where it seems you are there with Maddie while she tries to gain control of what has happened.
To try and reveal some insight into the story wouldn't be feasible, as picking apart the twists and turns would be a huge spoiler, so my advice to each and every potential reader, don't sit back grab yourself a copy, I can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed. Samantha King has presented a first rate debut psychological thriller in my opinion and I look forward to any future works produced.
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