Synopsis from HarperCollins:
SHE’s everything he dreamed of, isn’t SHE?
Ben can’t believe his luck when Bella walks into his life, just when he needs her most. Sexy, impulsive and intelligent, Bella is everything he ever wanted. And Bella wants him. All to herself.
In fact, Bella decides that everything is better when it is just the two of them, making it harder for Ben’s friends and family to stay in touch. And then a sudden tragedy triggers a chain of events which throws Ben headlong into a nightmare.
Secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal are at the heart of this utterly twisted story about a family that is destroyed when SHE becomes part of it…
About: SHE is a psychological thriller written by HC Warner. It was recently published on 3/2/2021 by HQ Stories, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 368 pages. The genres are psychological thriller, domestic, romance, marriage, and fiction. This book was the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “Harper 360 is our global publishing initiative, publishing books in English from HarperCollins UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India offices and books in Spanish from HarperCollins Iberica and Mexico offices. We publish in all genres of adult, children’s and YA books, and in all formats—print, e-book, and digital audio.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading SHE on 5/23/2021 and finished it on 5/26/2021 at 3am. A fast paced read, part 1 made me hate Bella enough that by the time her view came around in part 2, I didn’t want to read about her at all. I felt for Ben. He had such lovely family and fantastic friends. I loved that unexpected twist and then part 2 became too good to put down. Part 3 came around and I’m back to hating Bella like I have never hated a character before. Domestic violence is one read that I love but cringe at the same time. This story somehow reminds me of that song If I Were A Boy by Beyonce. The role of the abuser can easily switched and both victims being a male/female can equally look scared. I liked that there are both views of the victim and abuser in this story because I love knowing what went on in their minds.
This book started with a prologue following Jo, told in the third person point of view, as she noted to her husband Peter how their son’s new girlfriend is perfect for him. Peter however had a bad feeling about the girlfriend. Then the story began with Ben, 30, driving his girlfriend Bella home. She informed him that she’s pregnant. The second view was Charlotte. She’s asking about Ben. After broken up with him, she realized that she loved him but it’s too late to get him back because he had moved on. The third view was Matt, Ben’s friend. Matt and his wife Freya had Ben and Bella over for dinner and they noticed something was off. After married, Ben and his family felt uneasy about Bella, but Ben put a happy face for his family. The fourth view was Freya when she ambushed Ben at work to question him what’s going on. Part 2 started with Bella’s view going parallel to part 1. This book was divided into 4 parts. The story ended with an epilogue.
SHE was well written and well developed. The characters were well liked and well hated. Psychological thriller is always good to read because it reminds readers that people can have two sides and oftentimes they look so normal that it’s unbelievable to believe that they could be so evil. I’m glad Bella met Leo because she got too conceited and she deserved to meet someone equally conceited as her. I liked the ending. Definitely didn’t see it coming that way, but it was absolutely awesome. Loved the twists and “what they didn’t know wouldn’t hurt them.” An excellent read and I do recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: fast paced, page turner, domestic violence, marriage, family, friends, romance
About the Author:
Helen Warner is a former Head of Daytime at both ITV & Channel 4, where she was responsible for a variety of TV shows including Come Dine With Me, Loose Women, Good Morning Britain and Judge Rinder. Helen writes her novels on the train to work in London from her home in Essex, which she shares with her husband and their two children. (Photo obtained from HarperCollins’ website and Info obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins 360 for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.