The One That Got Away
by Egan Hughes
It’s my stop on the “The One That Got Away” blog tour! Thanks very much to Compulsive Readers,Little Brown and author Egan Hughes who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page. If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll find the book on Kindle and paperback on Amazon UK.
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 . . .
“The One That Got Away” is a really great thriller, especially for a debut, and it was one I sped through in just a couple of days.
Mia divorced her controlling ex-husband Rob a few years ago and hasn’t seen him since. Now she’s working in a new job, she’s living in a new home and she’s got a new boyfriend. It seems that her life is getting back on track but then her ex is murdered and she’s one of a few suspected of being responsible.
I won’t say much more about the plot as that’s for you to find out when you read it. There are a few twists and turns to keep things interesting and short snappy chapters mean this is a quick and relatively easy read.
I did feel that the book was a bit too long and the pace dropped a little in the middle. As things got a little repetitive at points, I think that if the middle chapters had been summarised rather than dragged out with small details, I’d probably have enjoyed this just a little more. But that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, I definitely did!
I always like hearing from multiple points of view and as well as that, this book had the added view of various points in time, named Before and After. I think that this flicking back and forth was done really well, especially when the characters were recalling events of the past. I also really liked that some of the points of view were kept anonymous for a while so that you have the chance to try and work out what’s going on yourself.
Overall rating: “The One That Got Away” is a twisty thriller that’ll keep you guessing right up until the end. Imagine that your ex has been murdered and you’re being suspected as the killer! For the most part, this is a fast paced read and it’s definitely a well written debut. A great 4 stars from me!
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of other blogs on the tour and if this sounds like your kind of book, support the author by picking up a copy on Amazon UK or in your local bookshop.