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

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  14,487 Ratings  ·  1,225 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
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published July 2012 (first published April 27th 2011)
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Apr 22, 2013 Ritesh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2012 MartyAnne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebies
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Liz Greer
Oct 21, 2011 Liz Greer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2012 Joan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
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
Dec 20, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..
Jul 30, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2012 Beverley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uninteresting
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
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
Subramanyam K.V.
Jun 15, 2013 Subramanyam K.V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2012 Indiebookzone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2012 Brittiany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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 did not like it
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
Lae Monier
Apr 02, 2012 Lae Monier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacqui Cavill
Hmmmmm not particularly interesting nor well written, quite immature like reading student work samples from school.
Tracy T.
Oct 22, 2015 Tracy T. rated it did not like it
So Slooowwww. Abrupt Ending! Just glad its over. Great Narration (audible whispersync review)
I can't really say I enjoyed this book. It was so slow and went on and on. I am so glad its over.

I don't really even know how to review this book. It wasn't a romance mystery at all. It was just a mystery and a bad one at that. The story line and plot just dragged. It was like the author was desperately trying to make this such a mystery with twists and secrets that it became just boring and annoying. Yo
This is one of the books I picked while browsing my Kindle library for a really nice cover and promising synopsis. More than once I was let down by my choices but this one really turned out to be a page turner despite some flaws.

Meet Emma, who is on cloud nine because of her oncoming wedding when her fiancé, Dan, goes missing and his brother is badly hurt. While friends and family try to help her it becomes obvious that a lot of them are actually hiding things – the line between friend and foe s
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
Julian King
Jul 10, 2013 Julian King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2013 Leise Chadwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-
Sep 02, 2011 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2014 Caitlyn rated it it was ok
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.
Teri Pre
Dear Mr. Pilkington:

Before writing another novel, please check your dictionary for the difference between exacerbate and exasperate. There is a vast difference!

Also, brushing up on your pronouns would be a help. I'm afraid it's NOT "Her and Lizzy" but "SHE and Lizzy".

Errors of this sort made your interesting story a painful reading experience.


May 22, 2015 Deborah rated it did not like it
Shelves: bloody-awful
Did I get the same download everyone else did? I’m not seeing near the quality others seem to see. This is quite possibly the most poorly written book I’ve read in my life. I mean that. I have a rule about not finishing badly written books, because life is short and there’s just too much good stuff out there, but I wanted to see if this literally was the worst book I’d ever read. I’m pretty sure it was.


"I have to do this." "If it helps me find out, then it's worth it." "If I don't go in the
Cynthia I Maddox
Sep 14, 2014 Cynthia I Maddox rated it did not like it
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
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
Feb 01, 2013 Rexine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2014 Ape rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this on a giveaway. And I don't want to sound ungrateful, but this book really did leave me feeling a bit meh. It's kind of like cardboard, and really like a first draft that needs a lot of work. There's a plot in there, but it feels like it really needs working out and trimming (eg. the whole I'm going to Canada for several months - two days later, no I've come back - things like that could be lost with no loss to the plot); the dialogue needs tightening up, the characters d ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Alaina rated it did not like it
The book was free, and I still want my money back.

It was a nightmare, start to finish. The writing style is way too simplified, but tries to pretend it's not by swapping out easy adjectives for ones with more syllables. It jumps all over the place, with no connection from phrase to phrase, and there are a lot of chapter cliffhangers that don't go anywhere.

The plot was predictable, but at the same time needlessly convoluted. I guessed who did it early on, but then kept getting confused by all th
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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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