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The One You Love

(Emma Holden Suspense Mystery #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  17,153 ratings  ·  1,321 reviews
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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
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published April 27th 2011
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Apr 22, 2013 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 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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebies
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Liz Greer
Oct 21, 2011 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: shitty-books, waste
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 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
Karen ⊰✿
"I don't know what to say," she admitted. "This is all so... oh, I don't know. So unbelievable" - Emma Holden

The main character has perfectly summed up this ridiculous story line. Not only was the story like all bad Bold & Beautiful episodes in one, but the writing itself was also a bit stilted and tried too much to tell the reader what has happening.

It gets a second star because I did get it free on kindle and the cover is neat.
Jacqui Cavill
Hmmmmm not particularly interesting nor well written, quite immature like reading student work samples from school.
Tracy T.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2012 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
Helen Laycock
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leise Chadwick
Mar 06, 2013 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 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
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.


Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't call it love

Emma and Dan are set to be married, until he disappears on the night of his stag/bachelors party. Emma finds his brother instead, close to death, in the apartment they shared. As Emma tries to unravel the mystery while dealing with ghosts from her past, she finds she is running out of people to trust.

One step forward and two steps back, that's how I felt through most of this novel. There was lots of promise, despite poorly written dialog. The plot was good but the use of misl
I received this as a free book on Amazon a few years ago. The synopsis more than the cover swayed me. I imagined Emma or fiancé being wrongfully accused and Emma seeks to uncover the truth. Boy, was I wrong. My praise of this novel is that it is a clean novel and it had good bones. The bones being Emma the protagonist who is an actress and may have a hit movie in the making and an upcoming wedding. But there are secrets which threaten her life and friends. But the multiple plot twists, poor char ...more

This suspense thriller would have been more thrilling if the main character Emma Holden was more believable. I started to say to myself "oh, come on!" each time she said 'you're probably right but...'. And I just don't believe that (view spoiler).
Holly Welker
Just blah. The main character was a spineless victim. I prefer stronger characters, ones who fight. It was all I could do to finish this book.
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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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