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A Woman Alone

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  122 reviews
A high-stakes, pulse-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of Girl Last Seen.

A year after a brutal home invasion that left her traumatized, Cecelia, along with her husband and their three-year-old daughter, move into a new house with a complex security system that is supposed to make her feel safe.

But reality proves different as strange things begin to happen at h
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brisk, intense, and clever!

A Woman Alone is a suspenseful, psychological thriller that introduces us to Cecelia Holmes, a young wife who after suffering a traumatic experience moves with her husband and three-year-old daughter into a new home in Venture, Illinois, a smart community where your every whim and need is controlled by AI technology and your safety and security is at utmost importance until the day the computers begin to malfunction, secrets begin creeping out of the woodwork, and dang
Ludwig Reads
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Only one thing I know for sure. I’m not spending another second in that house.”

Perfect for fans of The Girl Before, A Woman Alone is a chilling thriller about a woman who moves into a technologically-advanced house that is supposed to make her feel safe.

This one kept me on the edge of my seat from start to end! This was a heart-pounding ride that not only maintains excellent writing all throughout, but also contains many shocking surprises along the way, making sure it keeps you engrossed unti
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars)

Fascinating! Compelling! Page Turning! Nina Laurin’s, A Woman Alone is an intriguing suspenseful read!A well written suspenseful thriller, A Woman Alone is sure to keep you reeling with anticipation! The lies, secrets, betrayal, and a surprising twist of events will keep you eager for more! An all consuming read! For full review:
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
A truly confusing novel! I was so wrapped around and twisted up, I had no idea what was going on! I had a hard time connecting with the characters, as they aren’t very likable. Throughout reading this I felt angsty and uncomfortable, and not in a good way. All of the questionable decisions irritated me and didn’t feel authentic. The plot was a bit over the top but the final truths were shocking and I was pleasantly surprised. 2.5⭐️ My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange fo ...more
"A Woman Alone" by Nina Laurin was  4⭐ for me. This is about a woman, Cecelia who is traumatized after a home invasion. In an effort to move forward and feel safe, her, her husband and their 3yr old daughter move into a new high tech smart home. They were personally chosen to live here, along with all of the people in this neighborhood. This house does everything you would dream of. Makes your coffee for you, has your shower at the perfect temperature every time, cleans up, has the best security ...more
Laura Peden
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up ⭐️ This one reminded me a bit of Ruth Ware’s Turn of the Key, in that there’s a smart house and things start to go off the rails quickly. I didn’t love the ending but this is still a fun one..
Shelleen Toland
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A year after a brutal home invasion that left her traumatized, Cecelia, along with her husband and their three-year-old daughter, move into a new house with a complex security system that is supposed to make her feel safe.

But reality proves different as strange things begin to happen at home and the security system reveals that the house had a prior occupant: Lydia.

On her quest to discover the fate of the mysterious Lydia, Cecelia uncovers metaphorical skeletons in the closet, and she realizes t
Linda Strong
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it

Following a home invasion, Cecelia and Scott move into a high -security SmartHome. It's totally automated and programmed to their specific needs. They even have microchips embedded in their body to coordinate everything for them.

But all is not perfect. Cecelia feels that someone is constantly watching her. No one believes her ... not her husband, not her friends, and certainly not her new neighbors.

She's worried, but her worry becomes fright when the house starts malfunctioning and calling her L
Having previously read and adored Nina Laurin's The Starter Wife, I leapt at the chance to read her latest novel, A Woman Alone. I revelled in this one also, loving the author's crisp writing.

In A Woman Alone the reader is introduced to the story's primary character, Cecelia (Cece) Holmes, who has recently moved to Venture, Illinois. The Holmes family have a wonderful home with all of the latest AI technology, designed to a specification intended to make the resident feel safe and protected. Pri
Susan Raggiani
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The new thriller by Nina Lauren will keep you on the edge of your seats and guessing till the very end.

From the book: "Well I'm happy to say you're exactly what we're looking for. A young, modern family. Modern values. Focused above all on self-fulfillment and deriving satisfaction from your life, experiences over possessions. This is exactly what SmartHomes are about. Experiences."

After being the victim of a home invasion where she killed the attacker, Cecilia and her husband Scott accept an o
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
After a horrible break in that ended up her shooting and killing the intruder, Cecelia appreciates her new smart house that her family is now living in, their new house is in a neighborhood with other smart homes. The smart house keeps her family on a schedule, their coffee is made and waiting and the house even cleans up after they leave! Saya is the house technologies name and she takes care of everything for them. Cecelia and her husband Scott with their toddler daughter Taryn have identity c ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the arc of A Woman Alone by Nina Laurin❤️

Also thank you to Nina Laurin for writing such a captivating gripping book❤️

Follows a couple called Cecelia and Scott who are a married couple.. they are victims of a house invasion but she kills the intruder... They accept offer to take part for some new Hugh security homes by InterTech, they carefully preselect people to live in their SmartHomes in each blocks, every person has their own identity chip wh
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
‘A Woman Alone,’ Nina Laurin’s latest thriller, is confusing and leaves a lot to be desired.
Cecelia Holmes, along with her husband and young daughter, move into a SmartHome following a home burglary. The high-security and high-tech neighborhood and house provide the family the security they want. That is until Cecelia feels watched and no one believes her. When she discovers something bad happened to the SmartHome’s previous tennant that no one discusses, Cecelia sets out to find out all the an
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
After being implanted with some kind of ‘chip’ this couple and their small child move in to a SmartHome in a neighbourhood called a SmartBlock. All very hi-tech.
Annoying and unlikable people, even the child – and that’s saying something.
At 60+ pages in I couldn’t care less about them.
A bit too sci-fy-ish for me.
Suz Stone
This book tried to do too many things and ended up being quite convoluted. I felt like the book was trying to be across between a Riley Sager and a JP Delaney and it failed at both. It had a good premise, but the author could have done so much more with it.

The characters were annoying and it was hard to know which ones I should care about.

As far as I could tell, there was never any identification of what city or state the book was set in. This seemed odd and disorienting.

The middle did get a
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
The supposed benefits of technology take on a sinister turn in Nina Lauren’s latest pulse pounding thriller. Cecelia, battling demons from her past, moves into a highly advanced “smart house” with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. When things start to go wrong in the house, Cecelia feels like she’s losing her sanity and she’s quickly forced to acknowledge her difficult past in order to save herself and her family.

This was fast, fun and intense with a lot of twists and turns. There was a lot g
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. In Illinois, Cecelia Holmes, her husband, and her 3 year old daughter participate in a trial program by IntelTech. Their life is in SmartBlock in a SmartHome. A tiny microchip has been implanted in all three, as well as everyone else in this community, and the house is controlled by artificial intelligence for safety and security. The shower is set to each person's precise pressure and perfect temperature, coffee is custom made at a precise time for each person, the toaster is program ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, I must admit, I love psychological suspense fiction. Nina Laurin has just released A Woman Alone - and it's a twisty turny tale that you won't be able to put down!

Maybe you own one of those devices or use an app that allows you to simply speak and have something turned on (even remotely), programmed the way you like it or contacting someone. Chances are you do. What about living in a house completely controlled by an AI? (Artificial Intelligence) Venture, Illinois is a community of such hou
MC Cecelia Holmes, her husband Scott, and their three-year-old daughter Taryn have just moved into a new house: a fresh start after a horrific burglary the year before. This new house is an AI Smarthouse and it comes with a complex security system that is supposed to make them all feel safe.
I was intrigued with true cover & blurb, but sadly it fell flat. The story is predictable and I did not have a connection with the characters but that being sad I finished this in a day so it’s fast paced.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a slow-burning psychological thriller that had a big twist at the end. I could have guessed the twist if I had been paying careful attention to the subtle clues, but I didn’t, so it was a surprise to me. I don’t think that any of the characters was particularly likable. I couldn’t even really sympathize with Cecilia and her problems living in her million dollar mansion. She seemed like a lazy, entitled mother to me who should have been taking better care of her daughter and watching wha ...more
Savannah Hendricks
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author and wow! What a page turning story perfect for today's tech controlled world. The author weaves a brilliant web of connections and heart-pounding action full of gasps. I find most complex storylines to be confusing to follow, but not this one, as it was so well done. I can't wait to read more books by Nina Laurin.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The author could have done a lot with the technology premise but instead she ended up with a complicated and convoluted plot.
Carly Bohach
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 I won this as part of a Goodreads Contest. I enjoyed it. The technolgy part was creepy and added to the mystery of it all. It took some turns I could predict and others I didn't.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Nina Laurin and it definitely won't be the last. A fast paced twisty read that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.

Cecelia and her family must moved to an inteltech home for security after the tragic events that had happened in their old house. Cecilia needs to make sure her family is safe, and the inteltech family has assured them the house is designed to make sure the upmost security. However as steange glitches start to occur Cecelia is sur
”Think about it, Cecilia. Think about it really well. Do you have a secret? One that will you’re your entire carefully built life tumbling down? Because you can be sure. The house knows about it. And soon, so will everyone else.”

Synopsis: When Cecilia Holmes moves into a smart house with her husband and adorable little child, nothing prepares her for the fact that the house is quite literally trying to kill her. Demon children, adult temper tantrums, and despicable characters ensue.

Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
Cecelia, her husband, and her three-year old daughter Taryn have moved into a new development of smart homes. They were selected after suffering a terrifying home invasion the year before. In the new neighbourhood, each of its residents are embedded with microchips for their safety and to detect their whereabouts. The smart home takes care of all routine chores, makes coffee, operates the electric vehicles, and even cares for Taryn through use of a tablet. There are no keys- only people programm ...more
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
Thrillers can be hit or miss for me. I'm happy to say A WOMAN ALONE was a complete hit!

Cecelia has moved into a SmartHome with her husband & daughter, thinking she would be safe. Unfortunately, this technology proves to have a hidden secret, and Cecelia won't rest until she uncovers it.

𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐮𝐱𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐟𝐞—𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭, 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐠𝐚𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞.

Cece wasn't too keen on moving, but after being a victim of a home invasion and bei
Living My Best Book Life
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A Woman Alone is a thriller that centers around a woman and her family moving into a 'smart house'. You would think that it would be cool to live in, but unknown malfunctions start to put Cecelia in danger. Nina Laurin's writing is very easy to read and the story flowed very well.

Cecelia is starting a new life in a new 'smart house' with her husband and daughter. Her husband introduced her to IntelTech and convinced her to take the leap and live in this house. Things are cool at first because S
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-to-be-read, arc
1984* meets Maximum Overdrive**.

Wow- what a perfect psychological thriller for todays modern lifestyle. For a person who doesn’t want to leave the house without a charged iPhone and my Apple Watch- this book hit home!

Told mainly from the perspective of Cecelia, the stay at home mom and wife who has recently moved in the the AI centre gated community for her safety, I felt her fear and confusion as the house and accompanying AI seems to turn on her and she begins to wonder who is actually watchin
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
[I received a physical copy from the publisher for an honest review]

A Woman Alone
is a new mystery thriller about woman living in a smart high tech house that isn't as safe as it seems. A story filled of lies, deceit and unease. Sadly this book was a miss for me in many ways.

The books overall premise is great. Smart house that starts acting up and no one believes you so you think you're going crazy. The only positive was the fact that I didn't figure out the ending before it was revealed otherwi
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