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The One You Love (Emma Holden Suspense Mystery #1)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  8,915 ratings  ·  945 reviews
Emma Holden's nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family are hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her ...more
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Published April 27th 2011
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You want to read a book, don't know which one. It is too late to get to the library and do not want to spend any money or time browsing through a catalogue and buying one. THAT is when you get this. A typical fiction that is a suspense/thriller wannabe. Don't expect much from it in terms of challenge. None of the characters really make any impact, you do not feel sorry or excited about anything that is happening, but at the same time you want to complete the book. You are more than likely to for ...more
Don't read this book. Seriously. Unless you are bored, the book is free, and you don't mind torture.

I am a person who, if the book entertains me, I am all happy to give a 4 or 5.
For me to rate a book a 1 something has to go tragically wrong on many levels.

This book is torture to read. Honestly, this book, THIS book makes me want to take the author, the editor and the publishing staff all to an undisclosed location with some former government operatives and have all of them tortured. It is only
really enjoyed this book.
for the start it had me wanting to turn the pages to find out more an easy read that filled the boredom. . personally I felt that the story line was great and got you thinking and guessing the end along the way.
there was a few points in the book I felt that I got lost with time frames of what was happing when but could have been just my lack of concentration on my part and also how well the main character was coping with what was happening I felt was a bit unrealistic..
I got this kindle book simply because it was cheap on Amazon and the blurb was well-written. If a high-school student had written it, he/she would have received an A; but for a professionally-written and published book it was pretty amateurish to my eyes and ears. The plot was so loosely-woven it frequently was puzzling and confusing; the dialog was stilted, and the narration was sometimes circuitous, leaving the reader more aware of the technique than the actual story. I found myself continuall ...more
Liz Greer
I am at a loss to understand why this book is averaging 3 or 4 stars. A kidnap mystery that believes in quantity rather than quality - everyone has a dark secret, everyone is a suspect, everyone is's entirely overdone. Awful, cringey dialogue that feels as though it has been written with a made-for-tv film in mind. I was skimming by the end just to find out whodunnit. And then I realised I really didn't care. The one star is for the unintended hilarity of the rotting chicken in the ba ...more
Melissa Levine
I had a really hard time finishing this book. I think at any point I could have just stop reading it and not cared how it ended.

A few questions or things that stuck out to me:

1. I can't remember which chapter it was in but at one point it was a male character talking to himself. Not sure who it was, even after finishing it. All that was known at that point was him getting ready to cut himself with a knife.

2. Why would Lizzie be surprised that Emma wants to protect Dan? I don't get it? They're
I'm cutting "The One You Love" by Paul Pilkington some slack since it was a FREE Kindle book and since it pretty much saved my life as I could read it over the weekend on my iPhone when I had to lie flat on my back with eyes toward the ceiling after eye surgery Friday. That's not all that comfortable for hours and hours. I've decided this would make a wonderful Lifetime Channel movie. Characters are somewhat memorable and story is definitely interesting with some twists and turns. The ending...c ...more
Emma Holden is seriously unlucky in love. On the eve of her hen night, two weeks before the wedding is due to take place, her fiancée Dan goes missing. The first attempt to track him down leads back to their flat and to the discovery of the battered body of Dan’s brother on the bathroom floor. This is only the beginning of Emma’s troubles as it soon becomes clear that she is being stalked by some mysterious individual and also that her brother Will knows more about what’s going on than he’s will ...more
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The plot in the story is reasonable but the actions of the characters are SO far-fetched at times. The author's writing style is incredibly bland and uninteresting, can't believe he is classed as a novelist - the language used is around high school standard - correct but totally unimaginative. There were several occasions when I nearly gave up reading it. The characters are not developed at all and the reader doesn't get involved with them or have any empathy towards them. Just proves that a dec ...more
Emma Holden is due to get married in a couple weeks. Then it happens... again. Her fiance disappears, but not before his brother is attacked. Did her fiance Dan do it? She doesn't think so, but if he didn't, who did? Emma doesn't know what to make of the situation. Thankfully she has her friend Lizzy and her brother Will to get her through. One of them knows more than they're letting on though...

So, I'll say the book was okay, but I was not impressed. Seems like it may have been a good story had
Feb 27, 2014 Autumn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: waste, shitty-books
This was a free book, I think via Bookbub or Freebooksy.

I read 27% of the book before I tossed this in the DNF pile. It was like reading a young teen's first journey into writing a story. That is fine, for an English teacher or another teen to read, but when it is published as a book, when it is put out as part of a series that I am supposed to read and then purchase other parts of... no. No thank you.

Plot is all over the place with too many sub-plots that link to the main plot, somehow... I did
Jacqui Cavill
Hmmmmm not particularly interesting nor well written, quite immature like reading student work samples from school.
Julian King
I quite enjoyed this: it starts well, with a realistic yet intriguing situation, attractive characters and cliffhanger chapter endings ...

But then one finds oneself being played with on practically every page. Nameless characters are introduced, broad hints are dropped that characters are lying, or are keeping secrets, or have something they are desperate to hide, or aren't who they say they are, or have dubious motives of one sort or another for various mysterious reasons. I mean, it just begin
Subramanyam K.V.
Looks like I am reading a lot of mystery stuff these days. After L.L.Bartlett’s “Murder on the mind” I picked up “The one you Love”. This book, written by Paul Pilkington is one of the top kindle downloads (1 million +) in the last one year. This has actually prompted me to take the book up.(Quite obvious isn’t it?)

Emma Holden, a starlet with big aspirations is stung when her life goes topsy-turvy over night. Her fiancée is missing, his brother is found in her apartment with grave head injurie
This was a kindle free book that I had started on vacation. I had a hard time getting into the book. Once I did get into it the book felt incomplete. In the end so much was going on and it felt that the author was trying to do too many things in not enough pages. I liked the book for the story, but was not overly impressed. If I find another free book by the author I may read it but I wont go out of my way to search for it. The main character is out on her bachelorette party when her finacee goe ...more
Leise Chadwick
Imagine you are driving a winding country road, so remain focused. Emma's fiancé is missing and suspect, after his brother is found near death, and in a coma. A stalker with a camera, another stalker with a camera, a former boyfriend who had dumped Emma without explanation, a brother tormented by something he had done years before, an inattentive father, a movie producer keen on giving Emma a part that will launch her career, and a best friend any woman would be proud to have.

If you enjoy a who-
Lae Monier
It was awful and I didn't finish reading it. The premises was that of some sort of mystery that'd keep the reader turning the pages.

From the start, it smelt something fishy and as the story progressed it became clear there was nothing concrete to look forward to just an endless page after page of silly endings the author thought as cliffhangers.

In my opinion the story would have benefited from a good editing, starting from the actual writing.
It wasn't ready and the author put it online anyway
some light relief after the horror of Confederacy of Dunces...

oh dear slightly too light!!!
The idea was okay and it was suspenseful but the writing let it down. It was poorly structured, none of the characters were fleshed out: they were just people who talked a lot. I couldn't get a sense of any of them and certainly none of the suffering that should have been happening. And then the obvious plot twist happened and it ended, without explaining some really crucial things.
And the editing... don't
Emma Holden's brother Will calls her on her hen night asking her where her fiancé Dan is. When Emma and Will get to her flat, they find a body.

Thus begins the tale of Emma and her search for the missing fiancé.

In order to preserve and heighten the mystery, I'm sure the author resorted to using only pronouns to refer to people. Confusing, yes. Maddening? One thousand times over, yes. It was nearly enough to put me of the book, but perseverance ruled. I can't help but feel there might have been a
I haven't read a suspense/mystery novel in quite some time. I read this one because it was a free ebook. The dialogue in this novel was kind of cheesy and stilted. I didn't come to love any of the characters, they were really one-dimensional. A lot of the situations in the novel were cliche and predictable. In conclusion, I don't plan on purchasing the sequel.
Marguerite Kaye
I didn't actually finish this. I downloaded it for my Kindle firstly because it was free, and secondly for research - I was wondering about self-published, what types of books sell and this one had sold a lot. I like this kind of mystery too though, so I didn't expect it to be a chore or anything, I expected to enjoy it. I didn't, and that was mostly because of the main female protagonist who was the stupidest, most idiotic female who seemed absolutely determined not to learn from a single one o ...more
I'm an avid mystery reader and I like a book that keeps me guessing right to the end. I actually liked this story and by that I mean that this is a very good premises, not necessarily the way the author wrote it.

I confess that some of what the previous reviews complain about bugged me a bit. I had a problem with the characters. None of the characters were well defined. Emma was just plain stupid. There were several times she didn't do what I expected her to do and what she did do was just unbeli
Paula Sealey
A freebie from iBooks, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Emma is on her Hen night, when she receives a call from her brother to say that her fiance hasn't turned up to his planned Stag do and phonecalls to him have gone unanswered. Worried, Emma arrives back at their flat to discover her fiances brother laying battered in their bathroom and her fiance mysteriously vanished.

What evolves is an intriguing mystery with plenty of twists and turns, as they attempt to discover the whe
I'm more of a romantic suspense kind of girl and if by reading the title you think that's what you are getting, think again. However I am not disappointed.

The author is very good at keeping you guessing. I had my suspicions as to who the bad guy was, turned out I was right, but he did have me doubting myself as the twists and turns continued.
The story begins quickly, pulling you in instantly. A few days prior to her wedding, Actress Emma Holden returns to her apartment to find her fiancé Dan mis
Matt Schiariti
This is going to sound like a contradiction: The book read relatively fast but it still seemed slow. Strange? Yes. But that's the best way I can think to describe it.

What should be the best time in Emma's life actually turns out to be the beginning of a nightmare; one that will make her question everyone around her, including her family and the ones she loves most.

It's the day of Emma's bachelorette party. She gets a call saying that her fiance, Dan never met up with the guys going to his stag p
Leslie Bond
It takes a lot for me to give up on a partially read book, but I'm VERY close to doing just that with this one! I'm 50% through it. I'm writing a mid book review in hopes that I can: 1) actually get through second half and 2) provide a spectacular recommendation when I'm done. I like good character development, and I know that sometimes takes several chapters to accomplish, but so far, all I'm seeing in a lot of "filler" and not much substance. If all of the " "I think you're great", "I just wan ...more
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I found this book on Amazon for free and I was so suprised that it was for free after I had read it. What a brilliant mystery/thriller!!! The author has a uncanny abiliity to write. I found myself wondering while reading the book, how it was possible for someone to put together such an intrinsic plot, I still fail to understand how it is possible? I could not put this one down, I just had to read on, to find out who the villian was. The problem was, every time I thought, now I know who the bad g ...more
Helen Laycock
I found the beginning enjoyable, the middle riveting and the ending slightly disappointing.

The book opens with the mystery of a missing fiance, the brother of whom has been attacked and found in Emma's flat the night of her hen party and Dan's stag do. Added to the mix are the fact that Emma has, in the past, had a stalker and a previous failed relationship. Her brother, Will, and father, Edward, have something to hide and there are a devious photographer and film-maker circling the periphery, t
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Paul Pilkington is from the UK. He is the author of the Emma Holden suspense mystery trilogy, which has topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The first novel in the trilogy, The One You Love, has been downloaded over three million times, and has spent over two and a half years in the UK and US Kindle top 100 free chart, reaching number one in both countries. The bestselling second book ...more
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