Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Women by SE Lynes

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 Thoughts

Holy flipping Psychological thriller!! This author delivers...every...single...time!! I am so excited to be on this Books on Tour!

Picture take a trip to Rome and visit the Mouth of Truth with your darling husband of 3 years. Legend has it that if you put your hand in the mouth of the mask and you get to keep your hand, well then you are a truthful person. If it snaps shut on your hand, well liar, liar pants on fire! Your dear husband will not put his hand in the mouth, in fact he absolutely refuses!

I found the premise for this book to be extremely realistic. Here we have the aging professor that the girls are swooning over due to his power and prestige. His being "off limits" due to his position makes him even more irresistible to young girls. He fills his  need to be feel young by dating a much younger girl. We stand by and are forced to watch in horror as the uneven levels of power seep into the relationship and eat away at the core.

As Peter got closer to Samantha and his true self started to emerge, I felt myself  despising him. I wanted to scream " Samantha just step away from the professor!" Of course she did not listen to me and a fabulous story of power, control and revenge played out in the pages. As you can imagine, a person like Peter probably has a lengthy history, as this twisted behavior did not simply emerge overnight. As the skeletons from his closet tumble out, prepare to be shocked, I know I was! This book is sooo good!

After reading The Proposal last year, I am now a hardcore SE Lynes fan. She can spin a wicked psychological thriller with the best of them. If she wrote a appliance instruction manual, I would stand in line to read it. She is able to incorporate her dark humor into her stories and wow what an entertaining read they always end up being.

Thank you so much to Kim and Noelle from Bookouture and SE Lynes for having me along on this Books on Tour!

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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  1. Great review! I'm a little late with starting this ARC but I picked it up last night and I think I'm going to speed through it. Sounds like I will definitely hate Peter :) Haha

  2. Thanks so much Dini! I loved it so much. This author is one of my favorites. Oh Peter is a piece of work. LOL Hope you enjoy!


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