Happy Publication day to S.E Lynes for her latest book The Proposal and I want to thank Kim and Noelle at Bookouture for inviting me on this blog tour! I will be reviewing it in a second but first a little bit about the book:
Title: The Proposal by S.E. Lynes
Date Published: 21st September 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…
Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.
When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man.
He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?
From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, The Proposal is a page-turning and utterly gripping thriller about the lengths we will go to for someone we love. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.
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The story starts with Pippa dreaming of writing a bestseller and escaping her boring life as a teacher, after her previous book bombed but the problem? She has no idea what to write about and with a deadline looming she’s desperate for inspiration.
Then there’s a knock at the door.
She finds Ryan Marks on her doorstep, an ex-prisoner, selling cleaning products in a bid to make some money. She knows she shouldn’t but Pippa invites him, offering to pay money for his life story. Then her nightmare really begins…
So this is my first S.E Lynes, and I probably sound like a broken record, because I say this so often when I discover a new author, but this certainly won’t be the last book I read of hers!
I genuinely don’t know where to start with this unique and creepy novel. It’s told in diary format, like the protagonist Pippa is talking directly to you, interspersed with cheery blog posts about her life in the country and unsettling recordings from Ryan.
The characterisation is this novel is so good, they almost feel like real people. There’s something almost like watching a car crash (you know you should look away but you can’t) about Pippa. If you imagine a more sarcastic Bridget Jones, with impossibly high standards, a love of dodgy puns and putting herself in danger plus a whole heap of abandonment issues.
I did feel sorry for her best and seemingly only friend Marlena, a busy mum who would rush over to Pippa, worry about her and generally be there for her. Although she did feel a little more like her mum than her friend.
Then there’s Ryan. The less I say about him the better, because frankly he creeped me out so much! I’ve just shivered a little writing this and thinking about him.
I have to be honest though, the first 30% or so I had absolutely no clue what was going on, I did only persist because the character of Pippa was so realistic and there was that sense of wanting to know how her story ends. She also had a tendency to go on slightly philosophical rants that I found a little tedious at times.
The Proposal is a unique story about loneliness, twisted love and obsession that will make you doubt your own sanity.
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About the Author:
After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen to be with her husband. In Aberdeen, she worked as a producer at BBC Radio Scotland before moving with her husband and two young children to Rome. There, she began to write while her children attended nursery. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children. She lives in Teddington.