I received an E-ARC copy of ‘The Life She Wants’ by Mel Sherratt through NetGalley from Bookouture, in return for my honest review. I am a fan of Mel Sherratt’s books, and this is the first standalone I have read, and I loved it.
This book is set in Staffordshire and follows Juliette and Danny Ansell. They move to the area from London needing a new start after their daughter Emily dies from meningitis.
Their neighbours Sarah and Richard are welcoming at first, but Juliette senses that not all is as it seems.
Danny is working in London during the week still until he can find a job closer to their new home. This leaves Juliette alone in the house, and she starts having alarming occurrences around the house leaving her to feel as if she is losing her mind in her grief.
What follows is a story of control and manipulation. With lies and secrets left to be revealed.
Is all as it seems? What secrets lie within the neighbours’ lives?
The book is split into three parts, with the first part showing Juliette’s story. It then moves on to their neighbour’s story and this gives more of a background to the mystery around them. The third part brings it back to the present day where everything is concluded with a great intensity.
This book really had my blood boiling with anger at points and had my heart hurting with some of the horrific events some of the characters endure.
I spent a lot of the time wondering what secrets were going to be revealed and where it was all going to lead. At some points I couldn’t tell who was even telling the truth. It all comes together in the end.
I love Mel Sherratt’s books, and I still have a few more to read, which I would like to get to as soon as possible.
Overall, an intense psychological thriller showing the way some people will manipulate anyone who stands in their way to get what they want.