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Who can you really trust?

Beth couldn't be happier. She is eight weeks pregnant and married to the man of her dreams. But after returning home from a celebratory meal, she finds a wreath from her sister's grave hanging above the bed and a kitchen knife embedded in her pillow. There are no signs of a forced entry. Nothing is stolen. And no one other than the cleaner has a ke
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Published August 5th 2019 by Bloodhound Books
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Linda Strong
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Beth is on top of the world. She has a loving husband, she's pregnant, she has a great job at the local library.

Coming home from work one day, she finds that someone has been in her house. They've left a wreath (from her sister's grave site) hanging above her bed and a knife buried to the hilt in her pillow. There are no signs of a break in ... and no one has a key except for their house cleaner who has been with them several years.

Things get even worse with a series of notes delivered to her ho
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Kathi Defranc
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You May Be A Little More Careful Of 'Friends' You Meet....

Beth has a wonderful life, a nice home, great husband- the only thing she is missing is children...After several miscarriages she is pregnant again and determined to do everything Right to keep this child with her...
When she was a young girl she walked to town with her little sister..Who was hit by a car when Beth looked away, leaving her with a life full of guilt..As she gets her house in order for her baby's arrival, strange and frigh
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Lou
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another day, another dollar, and another Tilbury thriller that gives the reader way more than they ever bargained for! This is one author who has absolutely no problem pulling the wool over your eyes and fooling even the most seasoned crime connoisseurs multiple times within the short span of a single novel. It explores the insidious nature of jealousy, hatred and wanting what you simply can't have in life and is scarily realistic and within the realms of possibility. Remember: Evil comes in all ...more
Amy
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I’m in the mood for a fast paced, dark and twisted thriller I know I can always count on a Mark Tilbury book to deliver and this was no exception. I swear his books are all unputdownable, once I start I’m instantly sucked in and I have a hard time stopping for anything!

One of my favorite things about this one was that it was nonstop action, even in the more sedate parts of the story there was always a feel that something more was about to happen, there was a sense of menace and danger alway
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Sarah
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Beth and her husband David are a happily married couple with a lot to look forward to. That changes when they come home and realise someone has been in their house. There on in, poor Beth questions everyone and everything.

Even though Beth has enough on her plate, she still also finds time to comfort her good friend Kim who is in an abusive relationship and invites her to move in with her and David for Kim’s own safety as well as having the comfort of having a friend around whilst some stalker se
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ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up.

Torment by Mark Tilbury gave me serious The Woman Next Door vibes, and although some of it was predictable for me, it was still a great read!

What it's about: Beth is pregnant and married to a man she loves, has a best friend named Kim, plus loves her job at the library; overall, she is living a very nice life. But when she and her husband come home one night to find a wreath over their bed and a knife in her pillow, things are about to drastically change. The only person
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Susan Hampson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every time that I read a Mark Tilbury book it is like discovering a new author time and time again. All his characters are fresh, the plot unique and the guaranteed thrill from a different angle. The only thing that they have in common is how addictive they are and so impossible to put down.
Beth and David seem to have it all, jobs they love and a beautiful home but they have seen hard times. Beth never really got over the death of her sister when they were children and the couple has just found
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Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bethany is happily married to David and after 3 miscarriages they are crossing everything that this time the pregnancy will go to term and they will have the baby they want so much. They have a beautiful house and no money worries so the baby will make their lives complete.

While Beth is cocooned in her bubble of happiness she finds out her friend, Kim, is in an abusive relationship. Determined to help Kim out of a bad situation Beth invites her into her home. Then strange things start happening
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Ali
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Happily married couple David and Beth return home one evening to find a wreath from Beth's sister’s grave hanging above their bed and a kitchen knife embedded in her pillow. The police are unable to do much with so little evidence, and the couple are determine not to let someone run them out of their home. However, unbeknown to them that this is only to beginning.

To make the situation even more stressful, after several miscarriages, David and Beth are finally expecting their first child together
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peggy
As with all this authors books you always get more than what you were expecting. Yes oh yes he has done it again. Hooked from the first page, phone switched off and takeaway ordered. I am now in reading heaven. A stalker but SO much more. What is it they say REVENGE Is A Dish best served cold. The protagonist in this read has certainly waited. A devious, deluded and darn right evil mind. I spent most of this read sat on the edge of my seat and tapping my kindle faster and faster. This book is li ...more
Dee Groocock
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beth and Dave are married and trying for a baby. Unfortunately, Beth has had 3 miscarriages and has found out she is pregnant again. Sinister things start happening in the house and Beth turns not to her husband but her friend Kim for support. Can Beth cope with all the stress and keep her much longed for baby? Will Beth and Dave keep their marriage alive with all the stress? All is definitely not as it seems.
This book had me hooked from the start. A great plot which is full of suspense and has
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Linda Prather
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally intense. Mark Tilbury weaves a story of psychological warfare with seeds of doubt that create a scenario that could so easily be true crime.

David and Beth seem to have it all. A beautiful home, loving relationship and enough money to live comfortably. Their only disappointment is Beth's miscarriages. Mixed with her pain and guilt of the children she's lost is the guilt she's carried about her sister's death. A tragic accident that destroyed her family.

Things have finally turned arou
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Donna
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A complete break away from what Mark normally writes, but as a naturally talented writer this is no issue.
Beth is pregnant for the 4th time after 3 miscarriages and is looking forward to announcing the news at Christmas, everything is going fine until she arrives home one evening to find her dreamcatcher burnt and the wreath from her dead sisters grave hung above her bed, a knife through her pillow.
So begins a journey of psychological torment, leaving Beth to question everything she's ever kno
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Livia
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After suffering a string of miscarriages, Beth Cruickshank is now 8 months pregnant and she and her husband David are blissfully happy. When they return from a night out to find a wreath from Beth's sister's grave hanging above their bed, along with a knife embedded in a pillow...so begins their journey into a dark Grey Limbo. As the phone calls deep into the night..along with the hateful messages begin..The police have no clue. When Kim, Beth's friend comes to live with them after being in an a ...more
Gary Dowden
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another gripping and fast paced offering from Mark Tilbury as we meet Beth who is in the early stages of pregnancy with a job she loves and a loving husband. She's also become the attention of a stalker after finding a wreath from her sisters grave hanging above her bed! As the incidents become more intense, cracks and distrust start to appear in her marriage as she tries to get to grips with why she's being targeted.
Whilst not as gruesome as previous offering from Mark Tilbury, this whoduni
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The Book Review Café
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I pick up a book by Mark Tilbury I’m never certain what to expect, and that’s why I love this author’s books I always think ‘expect the unexpected’ and the author normally delivers. Torment is the author’s latest stand-alone psychological thriller, it’s not as dark or gritty as some of his previous books but it still made for a heart stopping read.

When someone wants you dead is there anywhere to hide? For Beth Cruikshank it appears not, unless she moved to a desert Island, but then where w
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Alyson Read
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth leads a quiet life, married to financial advisor David, working at the library and enjoying the occasional coffee and cake with a friend. She has no reason not to trust people. The only thing clouding her horizon is the thought that her eight week old pregnancy could turn into another in a series of miscarriages she has already suffered. Stress and upset are the last things she needs right now but someone else has other ideas and begins to make her life a living hell. And it appears that th ...more
John
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mark Tilbury delivers the most evil of characters, and Torment is no exception, apart from the fact in this story the malefactor is hidden to us for the largest part of the book and not revealed to the victim until near the end.
Beth Cruickshank, an inoffensive librarian, who because of her sweet nature doesn't seem to have ever had an enemy in the world becomes subject to a campaign of terror from somebody who is feeding on her bad memories of when her sister was tragically killed on a zebra cro
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Best Crime Books & More
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beth is the main character and is currently pregnant again following past miscarriages. Along with her husband David they are looking forward to the pregnancy and life seems good for them. That is until they arrive home one day to find a wreath from her sisters grave hanging above their bed. This is the start of a very different life to what they planned.

The ensuing story is a very detailed and disturbing tale and highlights just how much havoc things like that have on a person and how their lif
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Annette
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, another great read from this brilliant author, I couldn't read this book fast enough. How could someone try to ruin the lives of such a lovely couple? when all they wanted was a happy family life with a child of their own to love. Beth was horrified when she realised that someone hated her enough to invade her home and do unspeakable things which brought back memories of the horrifying death of her sister. Her husband David tried to comfort her but she seemed to be relying more and more on ...more
Mary Snaddon
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Beth and David are a happily married couple who long for a child, when they suddenly become the victims of a campaign of terror. Who could possibly hate them so much? Neither of them have any obvious enemies but somebody has it in for them and bad things are happening. Now their loving relationship is under serious threat. I devoured this book in almost one sitting as I needed the answer! This is yet another winning read from Mark Tilbury. It will keep you reading past your bedtime.
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is another fantastic read by this author. I was literally gripped from start to finish.

Beth is pregnant and happily married. When she returns home after a meal her life is about to change and not in a good way.

A campaign of terror begins on Beth as she doesn’t know who to trust or believe.

Who is out to get her and why?

A brilliant read with some great twists and turns. Although I predicted some there was other twists that had me mentally high fiving the author.
Ami-May
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come for the blog tour in August. X
Elusive
Aug 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review
In 'Torment', Beth is expecting a child with her husband David but she didn't expect to become the target of a deranged stalker. Someone has the key to their house and isn't afraid to use it to send a clear message: he / she wants her dead. The question is, why?

This aptly titled book was a torment to get through due to the atrocious writing and plot execution. There were only a few characters yet they managed to be undeveloped, uninteresting and unlikeable. Beth was incredibly moronic, David was
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Lesley
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not a who done it, more a how and why , and how one event can impact on so many lives.
A disturbing read that had me thinking about the lengths that someone will go to for revenge, and also about home security, and how lax we are.

i spent the whole book saying no, no, no! and shaking me head, due to exasperation. I really enjoyed it.
Shervin Jamali
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bit of a slow start, unusual for a Tilbury book, but once it gets going, it's a steamrolling, cracking good read, with the usual author's flare for twists and turns, culminating with a climactic finish.
Vicsta Dolan
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my best reads this year absolutely intense from the off brilliant brilliant book
Amanda
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Mark’s work for a couple of months. In fact I became a fan of his when I had the good fortune to be invited to take part in the blog tour for his last book. I read the synopsis for ‘Torment’ and it certainly sounded like just my kind of read- a psychological thriller with a twist. I eagerly started to read and oh boy I was not to be disappointed. ‘Torment’ is one hell of a read that I thoroughly enjoyed, but more about that in a bit.
I don’t know what to make of Beth, who is
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Jen
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
If there is one thing that you can rely on from author Mark Tilbury, it is that he is going to bring you a story which is full of mystery and tension, not afraid to go to the darker side, and that will be, overall, entertaining. That is exactly what you get when you start turning the pages of Torment, his latest thriller. This the story of Beth, a woman who seems to find herself the victim of a vicious and predatory stalker, who not only sends threatening messages, and carries out vile acts that ...more
Suze Clarke-Morris
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, this one was a slow burner....until it exploded!

Beth has a good life. Married to David, a part time job she loves, a nice home, and in the early stages of pregnancy. But it hasn't always been great. When she was a teenager, and supposed to be keeping an eye on her little sister, she stopped to talk to a boy, and Heidi stepped into the road, and died after being hit by a car. More recently, Beth has lost three previous babies early in the pregnancies, but is feeling more settled and optimis
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Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He's always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels publ
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