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368 pages, Hardcover
First published March 5, 2019
The storyline..........follows a talented American travel writer (Maddie) on assignment in Eastern Europe....who often visits her spirited best friend (Jo)....soon falls in love with her new surroundings....AND a handsome, but damaged British bodyguard (Ian).
BEAUTIFUL BAD..........begins present day with an urgent domestic violence 911 call, then quickly flashes back to ten weeks before (as the countdown begins)....with a disturbing list of fears Maddie reveals during a therapy session entitled: "Things that make me scared."
And then we go back to the past..........learn more about our protagonist's night life activities & friends and ride along with Ian as he works in dangerous war-torn countries nearby.
For me, the three alternating timelines, varying POV's, and complex plot with flawed characters flowed well resulting in a short day-and-a-half read. Honestly, at one point I was so engrossed with the European character driven story of the past that I was actually flummoxed when we returned to the present bloody crime scene. Nice!
No doubt about it, there is more BAD than BEAUTIFUL here with lies, evil doings, mysterious accidents and haunting memories from the atrocities of war, but I loved it!
Well done psychological thriller.
*ARC from Kim at Park Row Books and HARLEQUIN via NetGalley in exchange for review*
The water poured into my mouth and down my throat. It took over and that was it. Everything was different.