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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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Published December 6th 2019
Everyone has secrets
Single, K.L. Slater, mystery, psychological thriller

"Nobody ever seemed to do one thing at a time any more. To look around them or take notice of the small things and the strangers who constantly hovered around them within inches of their most precious assets. Their trust in others was staggering, so secure were they of their own infallibility. They really believed they were the masters of their own universe. Until somebody came along and showed them otherwise." ~From Single, by K.L. Slater.

When Darcy's six year old son, Kane has an asthma attack in the park and doesn't have his inhaler, Darcy is terrified her boy is going to die right in front of her. Off duty surgeon George Mortimer happens to be nearby to help the boy, and a grateful Darcy asks him out for a coffee.

George is a widower with a young daughter and Darcy is a widow with two sons, at at first they seem ideal for each other. However, Darcy's in-laws, who were so supportive following the death of her husband, Joel, are not pleased to see her dating again. What's more, Joel had a secret girlfriend whose existence Darcy only learned of after his death, and the fallout from Joel's deceit lingers. George turns out to have a murky past of his own, including a stalker who begins to threaten the couple's newfound happiness.

Single is the tenth novel by K.L. Slater, author of Closer and The Mistake. It's a tense psychological thriller with a lot of twists and turns. To be honest, I found the sheer number of twists and betrayals in this novel a bit much, making it hard to take seriously at times. I would say that the villain was completely unrealistic, except that they remind me of the subject of an Ann Rule book (I won't say which because I don't want to spoil the plot), so apparently there was at least one real person who was actually like that. I sincerely hope there aren't too many more.

I did find the book quite compelling, and there were some interesting insights about the grieving process and mental illness.

Like K.L. Slater's other novels, Single is a quick read, easily finished in one or two sittings. The plot is a little over the top, but it is compelling and will make you want to stick with it to the end.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bookouture, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: November 25 2019

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