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All You Ever Wanted

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All You Ever Wanted is a dark domestic drama that ticks every single box, with an ending that’ll have you thinking for months. When a strange woman turns up on Emily’s doorstep with their lost cat, she doesn’t think anything of it. Everyone else is looking at me, the nutcase, the paranoid wife, getting it wrong again, seeing danger and malevolence where there is only kindness and support. Until reading this, I didn’t realise how much I needed to read about a character like this; a bit obsessive, a bit strange.

I enjoyed reading about the family dynamics and the character’s backstories which explained how they reached this point in the story. While there’s nothing to really make this books stand out from the crowd, it’s a good example of its type.Are her thoughts out of control or is that annoying low-level niggle that something is very wrong in her life when everything appears to be right, a true indicator?

The authors writing is a bit of me, dark, sinister and with foreboding characters and of course Simon the dickward - hated him immensely. That's exactly the case with happy Emily as Anna brings her missing cat to the family home and the pair instantly hit it off. I personally felt quite a lot of sympathy for Emily as a character considering the difficulties she faces as a young mum and overworked teacher coupled with the relationship with her husband, who I felt was quite unlikeable. We’re introduced to Emily who is 5 foot 3 (my name is Emily and I’m also 5 foot 3, weird) and her husband, Simon.Anna is certainly a character that the reader will feel sorry for and her actions are clearly as a result of the trauma and rejection she has faced. It was already so gripping; every event, no matter how small, had me hanging onto the author’s every word. I shake my head and continue listening, certain that I can hear the person on the other end, standing there and listening back.

I found this to be a gripping and compelling read and I was intrigued to find out if Emily was a reliable narrator. I’m the author of five novels so far, and have alsio written a number of non-fiction, health-related books as well as hundreds of features for magazines. All You Ever Wanted is a change of genre for the author as it's more of a psychological thriller and it took me a while to get used to the author writing in this genre.When Anna comes into her life she appears to be just what Emily needs - a friend and someone to support her with childcare. I loved getting to know more about her past, and I was finally able to make that vital connection between Emily and Anna. When I read the synopsis for this novel I expected it to be similar to my usual type of book but it was a little bit different. I could see both points of view and understand to some degree why they reacted the way they did at certain points.

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