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Beautiful Victim

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The perfect villain… or the perfect victim?

Growing up, Carrie was Ethan’s one true love, his fixation and his constant obsession. Friends to the bloody end, they were each other’s rocks whilst navigating through their dark and monstrous childhoods together. But then Carrie died and Ethan was almost destroyed by the secrets that were revealed in her wake.

It’s now fifteen ye
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2018 (first published March 14th 2018)
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Genre: Thriller
POV/s: First-person, singular

Ethan lives in a run-down apartment in a not so great neighborhood and takes the bus everyday to work. His thoughts revolve around his childhood love/crush/obsession, Carrie. He fantasizes about her having his children and them sharing a life together. The reader is constantly told how Carrie had a terrible upbringing and that Ethan frequently masturbates to his memories of her.

▣ Ethan rambled on in his thoughts and it bored me to pieces:

I’m invisible
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Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Suspense 
Type:  Standalone  
POV:  First Person – Male

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Ethan had a perfect life growing up; well not as perfect but he had a happy life living with two loving parents and a good family routine.  He had OCD which ruled his life and made him a freak at school because of it.  That didn't stopped Ethan from trying to be happy and make good choices.


Carrie was Ethan's neighbor; they met when they were little and became best friends.  Her life was the
Claire Riley
I’m so excited for you to read this book! I love these gloriously messed up characters!

I'm giving away 10 ARC copies, and all you have to do is add the book to your bookshelf and contact me! I'd love a review afterwards, and of course if you feel it's something that you're friends would enjoy also it would be great if you could recommend it to them via the 'Goodreads recommend.'

Good luck!!!
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"We were the imperfect ones. The ones that didn't fit in."

When I read the blurb I was really excited to get my hands on this book. I love dark suspenseful books, and I know that Claire does an incredible job in writing these type of stories. Right from the start I knew I would be in an unpredictable emotional rollercoaster, and I wasn't wrong about that. I was hooked and couldn't wait to see how the story would unfold. The book starts with Ethan f
A. Walters
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good god, where to start? Darkly romantic yet intensely creepy, Beautiful Victim has it ALL. It's absolutely, 100% unputdownable. The characters are intricately drawn to the point that you can't forget about them when you finish. The plot is well thought out and steadily builds until the ultimate breaking point. You can feel the dread, the panic, the obsession. It consumes you from page one.

If you read one book this year, make it this one.
Renee ❤️My heroes are ordinary
**4-1/2 Stars**

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and thought out, and I loved the way that the story moved forward from the present while the understanding of what was going on moved forward from the past. In the end, I so appreciated the formula the author used to make it all work as she kept me guessing about the reasons for Ethan's obsession along with what would happen next. And although it's no easy task to make the reader feel sorry for or even root for a hero who's completel
Eli Constant
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To date, this is my favorite book by Claire C. Riley. It's dark and demands attention. 'Beautiful Victim' is compelling in a way that I've not experienced in a long while of reading. There's a strength in the writing, a maturity that threads through the plot and stitches it together so tightly that it holds deep, destructive obsessions in a thoughtful, carefully constructed way. It's not contrived or forced, not wanting for roundness of character and flow. It moved along swiftly, disturbingly, u ...more
Lisa Aiello
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark
What an engrossing story that was. I was living in those pages right along with Ethan, who I never once didn't like. Yeah, he was messed up, he did some bad and unforgivable things, he was first in line on the busy to Crazytown, but I really plain felt sorry for him. There's not much I can say about the story, as you really do need to read without knowing what it's about. That's 80% of the experience of this book - just watching it unfold. I was so anxious throughout, thinking I had it figured o ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I expected Beautiful Victim to be dark, it was good but I wouldn't necessarily call it dark fucked up on the other hand is an apt description for it.

Ethan the main character isn't very likeable yet somehow I felt sorry for him several times. As a matter of fact none of the characters are very likeable, they engender varying levels of a
pity, annoyance, anger and wanting to cause bodily harm.

I found this book quite enjoyable despite it being slow in the beginning.

ARC won in a contest hosted by
Karen Anderson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mixed emotions with this book, but an amazing read loved Ethan’s character, not so much Carrie tho
I don't even know how to feel about this book or about these characters. Hell, this book is fucked up, no matter how you look at it. Ethan and Carrie are both complete train wrecks that you can't look away from. Their story isn't pretty. In fact, it's an ugly, twisted mess that I couldn't not help being transfixed by.

This story is told solely from Ethan's POV and I'll tell you, his mind is not any easy one to wonder around in. Usually, I love nothing better than to get into the mind of a fucked
Maxine Denton
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this very creepy psychological suspense, dark and twisted and totally addictive, I could not put it down. That's all I'm going to say, you need to go in blind.

*ARC won in competition held by author
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
“The world is dark and rich and filled with velvety fluid rage. The world welcomes me back to it with open arms. The world has missed me, and I have missed it. I am there now, at the point of no control. No turning back from this, or that. No denying what must happen.”

Blurred lines, innocence stripped and twisted by circumstance can anyone really win when your a victim of evils of life? Children with their lives shaped by the darkest desires of adults who know better but feed their demons with t
Laura Smith
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing book this was. I devoured it in one day!

This is the first Claire Riley book I’ve read and it blow me away from the very first page.

It’s dark which is my favourite genre and any dark genre fan, this will be totally up your street.

I don’t want to say to much as I don’t want to spoil it but trust me.... YOU.NEED to read this!

A very well deserved 5 star read.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-obsession
I couldn’t stop reading this! So intense!! You did it again ClaireBear!
Charlotte Coles
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, what a ride!
This story has completely blown my mind. It is absolutely breathtaking in its darkness, so heart wrenching in its sadness and yet so beautiful that you find yourself desperate to find out more of Ethan and Carrie’s story.
At first I couldn’t like Ethan, couldn’t find any light in his darkness but the more I read and the more the story unfolded the more that darkness became grey and I found myself really feeling for him, to the point where I wanted to hold him in my arms and te
Diz Reads 4TLOReading
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cannot and will not go into any detail regarding this book as I feel it’s unfair to you as a reader ! You need to go in blind ! You need to read this without another’s perspective !

What I will say is that, Claire is a new to me author and from what I have just read, has a masterful way with her writing and a tone that I enjoyed !

The constant guessing and sitting on the edge of my seat, think one way and then being taken another is what you need when reading a psychological suspense !

I will
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was a deliciously dark and beautifully thrilling tale written into life by Claire C. Riley. One of my most favorite aspects of 'Beautiful Victim' is the slow burn unraveling of Ethan and Carries story. And although, Ethan is probably one of the most screwed up, broken characters I have ever read about. I found myself feeling sorry for him at times. And then a few pages later I hated him with everything I could muster. Riley never ceases to amaze me with her uncanny ability to make you love
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Wow, what can I say about this book?

#thriller #suspense #romance #stalker #obsession #psychological

I have to say I loved this book once I started I could not put it down. Ethan and Carrie's story is not an easy one.
The perfect villain… or the perfect victim? I will let you decide because I am still trying to work it out for myself.

Ethan has always been in love with Carrie growing up so much happens and he will do anything for her. However, something happens (not going say spoilers) 15 years la
Brandi Aga
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
You hurt the ones you love, whether you mean to or not.

I love a good thriller that leaves you thinking WTF?!

Ethan certainly does just that. I love a good villain, an underdog, a psychopath. They don’t get enough credit!

I kept waiting for the big twist, the big turn to change the whole game. I was completely wrong! I had my doubts about Ethan and what was going on with him but I never figured it out till Claire spelled it out for me and I had so much fun reading this!

Being inside Ethan’s He
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounding up... Not sure what to think of this ride. It feels like something is missing or was missed. The book starts out confusing and mysterious until it wasn't, and I think that is my issue.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review will come a bit later

*ARC for honest review*
Melanie Marsh
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is wow. This isn’t the kind of book I’m used to from Claire C. Riley, but I’m blown away. Beautiful Victim is both disturbing and exciting at the same time. The writing itself flows with the grace of a shark through water, seeking the seal it’s about to devour for breakfast.

Ethan is one of those characters who you aren’t quite sure if you should pity or fear. At times, his character reminded me of the “The Narrator” character from Chuck Palahniuk’s book Fight Club that was played
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Victim is an Oxymoron of a book.
Full of twists, turns and the darkest parts of life. When you are the cast out ones of society you band together don’t you to survive?
The novel follows Ethan; odd, quirky and fixated, his tendencies and compulsions make you loathed to like him, but, as Claire puts at the end “it’s like marmite you’ll either love or hate it” that same ethos goes for Ethan. Then there is Carrie: delicate, pained, broken and she needed was a friend to care for her, was
B. O'Brien
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been contemplating how to write a review for this dark, yet truly unique book since I finished it last night. It certainly is not a read that left me with good feelings, because the main character is such a sad and twisted soul. However, after reflecting a little on the true brilliance of this book (and considering that I am still shaken by his journey-a discovery of truth), I realized that this is not a four star read, it is a solid five stars. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: odium-riley
Wow. What a leap down the rabbit hole of insanity.
A dark entanglement of perception interpretation. It was well written and is not meant for those who oppose foul language and graphic sex. (It had more than I care for, that I didn't feel worked to advanced the story.)
That being said. Ethan & Carrie have a very complicated relationship that started when they were children.The mind is a funny thing, it remembers what it wants to and twist the facts when it is too painful to remember.
Ethan ha
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Story Of Two Minds Lost Before They Grew

This is a well written and thought out book. This won’t be a story for everyone because it is pretty dark, disturbing and touches on things that are uncomfortable. Saying that, Claire, has written a book that challenges you to question so many thing. The actions of the main characters, Ethan and Carrie throughout the book are shocking, questionable and thought provoking. As the story unfolds you try to break down Ethan and Carrie’s past to try and unders
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the style of writing. The plot and characters were definitely a mindfuck.

It was interesting enough to keep reading because that's what mystery and thrillers do to me - I HAVE to find out what happens.

Some parts of the plot were too unbelievable or disjointed for me so 3 stars. If it didn't have the mystery aspect, it might almost have been a DNF but like I said, I had to find out what happened so I finished it.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychological

This story pulls you in. From the very beginning you are aware that something dark and sinister happens to these characters. Ethan is narrating this story sharing past memories. It’s in these past memories where we learn the truth about this darkness.
Ethan is a complicated character who is unstable. I could go either way with my feelings towards Ethan. Depending on the situation Ethan came across as polite and good, yet I knew something dark lurked inside of him.
Carrie had me confused. She pul
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Maryse's Book Blo...: Beautiful Victim - BR - 4/17/18 and Plenty 'O Spoilers 52 11 Apr 20, 2018 05:59AM  
Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author with almost twenty novels of various genres to her credit.

A lover of all things dark and dirty, she likes to write characters you love to hate but can’t help falling in-love with. She isn’t afraid to challenge herself, or her readers, to step outside of their comfort zones.

She also writes under the pen name of Cee Cee Riley, wher