The One That Got Away by Annabel Kantaria

All those years ago George abandoned Stella and chose Ness. Now it’s the fifteen year school reunion and the three are reunited. It’s clear that both George and Stella still like each other, and that’s when the games begin.

I really don’t want to give away anymore on the plot because it really is a rollercoaster that spins off, lurches from side to side, and goes where you don’t think it will.

For fans of The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances , The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine or even The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth, I think there’s a lot that you’ll like in this book as it plays on the manipulation and determination of a woman who won’t stop until she’s got what she wants… which is always gripping to read!

It’s definitely got a great pace as I demolished this book in a day, but I did feel it started to waiver towards the end, I began to get the same feelings that the character being played felt – it all seemed too far fetched. I was also surprised by how long it look them to ‘cotton on’ to the fact they’d been played. Nevertheless, the ending was perfect for this domestic noir thriller.

The back cover praise for this book include the following words: gripping, compelling and tense; and I do agree with these, Kantaria’s writing is spellbinding and I’m definitely going to read more of her books.

I’m not usually a star rating ‘kind of gal’ but I feel like I need one for this, it seems to be the only way I can explain my thoughts on it! The One That Got Away is a solid three stars – I didn’t hate it but neither was I blown away by it, but there’s something gripping about Kantaria’s writing style that leaves me yearning for more.

Anyone else read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts either here or on Twitter @reviewsbychloe

*I received a free copy of this book at a HQ event and chose to review it here on my blog*

The One That Got Away is currently available in paperback and eBook editions by HQ.

Until next time, Chloé x

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