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Zwarte vallei

(Jessica Mayhew #2)

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Jessica Mayhew ontvangt een nieuwe cliënt in haar psychoanalytische praktijk: kunstenares Pandora Powell die in shock verkeert na de moord op haar moeder en de diefstal van een waardevol schilderij uit haar studio. Pandora groeide op in de schaduw van haar roemrijke voorouders - bekende schilders - en heeft een moeizame relatie met haar tweelingzus, Isobel. Wanneer een vol ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 19th 2015 by Ambo|Anthos (first published August 28th 2014)
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Stacey
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I wish to thank Goodreads First Reads for the good fortune of winning this extremely entertaining and excellent book. This is an exciting and interesting psychological thriller and murder mystery, full of terrific characters. The author did an excellent job with character development. I especially liked how the bad guys were handled. The author never let you know until the end who the bad guys were, but you always had that uneasy feeling without even knowing why. The story was very suspenseful, ...more
Gay
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Cardiff, Wales, Dr. Jessica Mayhew is a psychotherapist. A new patient, Elinor Powell, comes to her with a case of claustrophobia. Her mother has just been murdered and a valuable painting stolen from her studio. Jessica is drawn into Elinor’s life in several ways. Her friend Mari takes her to an artist’s reception at an art gallery owned by Elinor’s twin sister and husband. The gallery is featuring the works of a reclusive artist whom no one has met. At the reception Jessica meets a man ...more
Charles
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
i enjoyed the book it was well written and kept my interest through out the entire book. the plot line was good and kept you guessing trough out the book. i love how she gave you a true visual of the scenes of where the book was taking place. sadly there will be no more books from this writer. this was a goodreads giveaway
Susan
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good psychological thriller that is fast pace as Jessica a psychotherapist come to suspect that her client elinor may be a killer thanks to goodreads firstreads for the free book
Jovdb
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t realise this was a series but it was ok to read as a stand alone.

I liked the book. Jessica comes across as a nice person. She is a psychotherapist who becomes engaged with one of her patient’s lives. Elinor is a new patient who has become claustrophobic since her mother’s murder. Jess finds Elinor quite interesting and perhaps becomes more involved in Elinor’s problems than is warranted.

In her private life, Jess and her husband have recently separated leaving Jess at home with their two g
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Mystic Miraflores
This was a very exciting book with so many twists and turns that I felt I was on a rollercoaster! I was so sorry to read that the author, Charlotte Williams, passed away in 2014 and we won't be seeing any more Jessica Mayhew Ph.D. psychotherapist-detective mysteries. I will try to see if Ms. Williams had written any other books. The characters were complex and there was so much backstabbing going on that it was making my head spin! ...more
Christine Marshall
I gotta say this book was tough to get through... I am really not one into the world of high posh paintings and it had too much sex in it and not enough mystery, but the worst part of all was that the therapist, broke the most essential rule there is in therapy... all in all I give this book a two, because it did have a therapist in it, even though she didn't have much of the common sense that a therapist would have. ...more
Steph Cuachon
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Crystal Johnston
a bit of a predictable ending - was aware of where the book was leading about half way through. touched on some interesting ideas about twins and their connection but otherwise tried to make a murder mystery that fell a little flat with not enough mystery.
Jessica Tobbell
Slow start, gripping in the middle but seems rushed at the end. A little too easy of a conclusion which put a downer on this book for me. A good read non the less.
Cheryl
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character seemed a bit clueless. The ending was rather abrupt.
Ruth
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK - not stellar.
Lindajk
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read I’m just sorry I didn’t know there was a book before this one😊I would have liked to have read it first. I will definitely read it now!! Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Lucie
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just discovered this author. I love the main character and would love to read more of her adventures. My next read will be the House on the cliff.
Kate Hopkins
Not very convincing, though made me want to return to the museum in Cardiff & see all those amazing works of art again.
Annabee
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
'Zwarte vallei' is beter dan deel 1, 'Het huis op de klif', maar haalt evenmin de 4 sterren. Daaraan is vooral de zwakke protagonist Jessica Mayhew debet. Een geloofwaardiger personage zou zowel de plot als de spanning opkrikken, daar waar je nu als lezer onverschillig blijft onder de diverse gebeurtenissen.

Wat is er mis met Jessica? Dat is gauw verteld: ze is psychotherapeute, maar heeft geen mensenkennis.
Jessica is de naïviteit zelve, laat zich door patiënten voor het lapje houden en heeft b
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Sheryl
I'm so glad I got this book as a First-Read- Win. I would have hated to missed out on it. It's the 2nd of a two part series. I'll be reading the 1st installment pretty quick. It's sad because Ms. Williams passed away in 2014, hopefully someone will pick the series up it's great and would be well worth it.

This book literally grabbed me from the prologue, I knew I was hooked. It's about a young aspiring artist( Elinor Powell) , her family owns a very prominent art gallery in the area. She was give
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Amanda Morgan
This murder mystery focuses on a therapist, Jess, and a particular patient of hers whose mother has recently been murdered, and the issues Jess is having in her personal life. Jess and her husband have recently separated and she's learning how to navigate single motherhood of her two daughters and how to get back into the dating scene. When Jess gets a new client, Elinor, who is an artist who is suffering from claustrophobia since her mother was killed recently. Elinor has a twin sister Isobel, ...more
Rebecca
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this, especially for the psychological underpinnings and the pointed criticism of the art marketplace these days. Here and there the narrative plodded along, but I cared enough to find out whodunnit to finish the novel. The setting in and around Cardiff Wales was atmospheric and charming.
Jenny L
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
I had been eagerly awaiting this second novel from Charlotte Williams, and whilst I enjoyed it, I do feel the plot was rather neatly and quickly resolved. You are left with a very unsatisfactory ending, as the main character, Jessica questions her career as a psychotherapist. Overall good, until the last several pages.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
The second Jessica Mayhew thriller maintains the intriguing character development, complex plotting and startling denouement. Sadly, the last in the series: the author died in 2014 at the age of 59.
Rachel Miller Wright
Solved the mystery about 10% into the book and there proceeded to be pretty much no surprises for the remaining 90%. Bummer, because the scenery and characters were not bad and had potential, but the plot was so obvious!
Theresa
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very slow start but once it got going was very enjoyable indeed. I think this book would actually make a very good film.
Sue Gross
it takes soooooo long to get to the point!
Becky
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty suspenseful, but no therapist in their right mind would ever act this way, I would hope. Talk about totally out of bounds.
Kyle
Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well written introduction and heart, but perhaps the laziest ending I've read in years. not worth the time, in retrospect. ...more
Ann Tonks
A good range of characters, insights and place (Cardiff and the Welsh countryside). An interesting choice of lead - psychotherapist with family. A good version of the murder mystery genre.
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