Also today I’m on the blog tour for The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes and am delighted to bring you a review of this debut twisty psychological thriller…..

book blurb & info

You love him. You trust him.

Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband, Rob. She’s found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life.

But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she’ll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open. They know Mia had reason to hate her ex-husband, but she’s not the only one. Plenty of people wanted Rob Creavy dead, not least his new wife, Rachel.

What they don’t know is that Mia has a secret, one she’s desperate to protect.

But someone else knows. Someone with very dark secrets of their own . . .

A claustrophobic, twisty psychological thriller about love, trauma and revenge – perfect for fans of, THE HOLIDAY, SOMETHING IN THE WATER and THE WOMAN IN CABIN TEN.

Formats available: Paperback, Audiobook & eBook.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Mia is settled in to life after her experiences with her controlling ex-Husband, but when the police inform her that he’s been found dead, not only does it bring everything back, but she’s also worried she’ll be a suspect….because she has something to hide.  But she soon discovers she’s not the only one that hated Rob, and anyone of them could have been the murderer……

This is a fab debut thriller with plenty of unexpected twists.  The chapters alternate which helps us to get to know Rob in the past, and see things from Mia’s view point in the present.  Hughes does a brilliant job of keeping the suspicion on everyone so you’re never really sure who did it until the conclusion.

Rob is a cruel, manipulative bully who will make your blood boil.  The way he controls and exploits others is disgusting; but he sucks you in with his charm in the beginning.  Because he manages to suck the reader in too, it makes it easier to understand how the characters were influenced.  Mia goes through a lot and although at times I felt so frustrated for, and at her I did warm to her and felt sorry for the things she had gone through.  I’m not going to say anything about the other characters – I’ll let you make you own decisions!

Mainly set on a boat, sailing around the mediterranean you can feel how claustrophobic it is for Mia, and her desperate need to get away to land and civilisation.  The boat gives Rob the ultimate control and definitely made me not want to go sailing!  The descriptions  are brilliant and I could imagine the glorious sunshine, marina’s, sea and storms.  I could also really see the changes to Mia as her marriage progressed.

I really enjoyed the twists in this and the ending was fab.  I did feel at times that the story dragged on a little, but still throughly enjoyed it.  Overall a great debut; I’ll be keeping an eye out for Hughes’ next book.  If you’re looking for a new author, a psychological thriller and some glorious sun and sea then this could be for you.  Recommended by me.



about the author

Egan Hughes writes twisty psychological thrillers that highlight the darker side of life. The One That Got Away is her debut novel, inspired by time she spent living on a boat in the Med. An early version of the novel was shortlisted for the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition.

She splits her time between West Sussex and the South of France.

Where to find Egan online: Twitter

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Compulsive Readers

Thanks to Tracy for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day all, and I hope the storms due don’t hit too badly.

I’ll be back tomorrow as always!

Chelle x

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