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He promised to love her until her dying day…

When Becca’s first love shows up on her social media feed, she can’t help but smile fondly. Once upon a time, Connor was the love of her life, and though it was over ten years ago, he’s always held a place in her heart.

Then he sends her a message. He sounds happy – still kind and funny, still living across the world in Australia.
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Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published September 30th 2020 by Bookouture
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Ceecee
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becca is married to Dean and they have a young daughter Mia. Their marriage is definitely under strain as his focus seems to be principally on his burgeoning business rather than his family. This loneliness leads Becca to think about her ex Connor who she met on an extended holiday in Australia. She has to leave him and go home for family reasons but promises to return but circumstances get in the way. Unexpectedly he gets in touch via social media which coincides with Mia having a series of rec ...more
Luvtoread
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becca is overwhelmed with her non-stop duties of being a working mom and wife to a husband who is always busy with his work and doesn't seem to have time to talk or work on their problems. Suddenly, Becca's old love Connor shows up on her social media stirring up some of those old happy and warm memories when she felt so free and alive. Well since Connor lives in Australia maybe it couldn't hurt to make contact with her old dear friend and lover because she really needs someone to talk things ov ...more
Jessica Kafka | JustReadingJess
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Ex-Boyfiend is a fantastic domestic thriller. I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning and trying to figure out what was going on.

I highly recommend The Ex-Boyfriend to domestic thriller fans. The Ex-boyfriend is a book you won’t want to put down. Everyone has secrets. Everyone is suspicious, so you have to wait until the very end to find out who is poisoning Mia.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for The Ex Boyfriend.

Full review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...
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Carrie
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Ex Boyfriend by Rona Halsall is a thriller that was so much more than the title and book synopsis lead me to believe it would be. With an unreliable narrator at the helm this one really seems to take a reader down two different paths with only one being obvious from the description.

Becca is married to Dean and the mother of a wonderful toddler, Mia. Becca and Dean have hit that spot in their marriage where it feels to Becca like she is a second choice to Dean’s budding career. Just at a time
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Pat
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rona Halsall really knows how to rock the domestic noir genre. This one is a beauty! Becca and Dean have a wonderful life. Dean’s new business is doing well and growing. Becca combines three half days of work community nursing with caring for their energetic three year old daughter Mia. Everything is wonderful - until it isn’t.

When you lift the lid on this simmering cauldron you find that Dean is spending more time than ever at work (and we all know what that means) while Becca is struggling wi
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Mark
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is what you call a perfect psychological thriller, in every way
Becca is married to Dean and they have a daughter, Mia, all is ‘ok’ but then Becca receives an unexpected tweet from her ‘many moons ago’ first love Connor,and the temptation to reply is too strong, so she does , this opens up a whole host of past secrets, can she face reopening all those wounds....and then Mia gets sick, for no reason....suspicions are raised as to why and thats where I will leave it as the drama, twists and tu
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Bharath
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very well written book. The story is not that strong, but the author certainly makes the most of the possibilities it offers.

Becca and Dean have been married a few years and have a daughter Mia. Dean is very focused on his work leaving much of the job of caring for Mia to Becca. She thankfully has a reliable house help in Ruth. After many years, Becca’s ex-boyfriend Connor, with whom she was very close while in Australia suddenly messages her on Twitter. As the exchange grows, Becca is
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Louise Wilson
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Becca's first love, Connor show up on her social media feed. He has always held a special place in her heart. He sends her a message. He sounds happy and still living in Australia. Becca can't tell him the truth. Her husband's a workaholic, her job is stressful and she has to care for her father and her daughter Mia. The Mia starts getting bouts of sickness as events from her past are being used against her.

I was gripped by this story from the first page. The pace is well set and steady. It's t
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CYIReadBooks
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Ex-Boyfriend is my very first Rona Halsall novel and boy it got my attention. So much so, that I read the book in a single day. A first single day read for me. I just couldn't put it down.

Mia is the three year old daughter of Becca and Dean Thornton. Mia is being poisoned and the suspect of Mia's poisoning is Becca. Becca is a nurse, so how can that be? Coincidentally, the poisoning started when Becca's ex-boyfriend, Conner, starts tweeting messages to her in an attempt to reconnect. Maybe i
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Lyndie
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Ex Boyfriend by Rona Halsall caught me completely off guard! After reading the synopsis I dove in expecting one type of story and was pleasantly surprised when it took a huge turn. The Ex boyfriend is without a doubt one of the most brilliant domestic thrillers that I have picked up in 2020!

Becca believes that she happily married to Dean. Together they share one miracle daughter named Mia. Things aren't perfect but they are about to get a lot worse. Becca's first love randomly shows up in he
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Linda Strong
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Becca's marriage isn't going as well as expected. Her husband spends long hours away in building up his business, along with a new employee ... a very beautiful woman. There is quite a bit of travel involved, so is he having an affair?

Their 3-year-old-daughter is the apple of her eye. But it's sometimes rather exhausting, working as a nurse, even part-time, taking care of the household, and a very active young child with no help from her husband.

Becca's first boyfriend, her first love, shows up
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Wendy'sThoughts
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Rona Halsall Fans, Mystery/Thriller/Mindgames
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Social Media...Oh, how it has changed so many things. Many for the betterment, many not so much, and many for the way to stir up situations that maybe should have been left alone.

We have a couple going through some distance...he is always busy at the hospital, he is a doctor, after all. She is a nurse, understands but also is in charge of everything else; their daughter, their home, her ailing father, and a sister who resents ha
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Louise Wilson
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becca'sfirst love, Connor shows up on her social media feed. He has always held a special place in her heart. He sends her a message. He's happy and still living in Australia. Becca can't tell him the truth. Her husband is a workaholic, her job is stressful and she has to care for her father and daughter Mia. Then Mia starts getting bouts of sickness as events from her past are being used against her.

I was gripped by this story from the first page. The pace us well set and steady. It's told from
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Robin Loves Reading
Becca has become involved via email with her first love. He is across the world so she cannot imagine it would do any harm to her marriage. Meanwhile, her three-year-old daughter becomes quite ill from time to time, thus adding stress to Becca's already strained marriage to Dean.

Mia's symptoms are severe, yet they come and go, thus leading Becca to believe that Mia is being poisoned. But by whom, and why? Could this have anything to do with her ex suddenly showing up online? What about the peopl
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Michelle
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow Rona Halsall has done it again with her new novel The Ex-boyfriend.
Becca is married to Dean and they have a three-year-old daughter called Mia. Dean has been distant of late and is always going on business trips away leaving Becca sole care of Mia. Becca is also a part time nurse and helps when she can look after her father, when sister Kate is away. She struggles at the best of times. So, when Kate says she is going away to London for an interview, she asks to look after her father. As Kate
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Julie Lacey
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yet another great psychological thriller from Rona Halsall.
There’s lots going on in this book and when it all comes crumbling down it’s hard to know who to suspect.
Becca is tired from working and looking after her three year old daughter and her husband is working away more and more. An ex boyfriend gets in touch and Becca wonders what could have been if she’d gone back to Australia several years ago.
Her childminder has a health scare so leaves Becca with no-one to look after Mia so she asks
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Bridget
I am starting to think of myself as something of a Rona Halsall veteran having now read three of her other books - The Honeymoon, One Mistake and Her Mother's Lies. I was so impressed with this outstanding psychological thriller! The premise of The Ex Boyfriend beckoned to me and I knew that I had to read this novel.

In The Ex Boyfriend, district nurse Becca is married to workaholic Dean and the busy couple have a lovely daughter, Mia. One day, Becca receives an unexpected message from her first
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Shalini
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!! What a curvy path the author took me on with this book. And the twists hit me hard when I banged into them unexpectedly. Author Rona Halsall is becoming quite a wicked queen of suspense. A dark plotter.

Story seemed simple, a good life with family and with husband being busy, Becca’s mind wandered to the past and voila. There came a message from the ex. Before she could act on it, daughter Mia became ill with no concrete diagnosis. Later she found out that her daughter was being poisoned,
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Lisa Konet
This was a great, believable creepy thriller and the first (for me) by this author. It had many twists and turns and was hoping for a happy ending for the protagonist. Easy to read this in a few sittings because of the suspense and OMG aspect. Recommended for readers who like thrillers that could happen in real life.

Thanks to Netgalley, Rona Halsall and Bookouture for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Available: 9/30/20
Lucy C
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by Rona and you know I blooming loved it.

Becca is a part time district nurse, married to workaholic Dean.
Juggling working part time and looking after 3 year old Mia Becca gets a unexpected tweet from Australia her Ex Connor, Becca keeps thinking about her past what secrets she has held to herself and why she run off to Oz in the first place over 10 years ago.

Poor little Mia keeps getting sick which no real answers as to why.

Is Becca going mad? Is someone harming her daught
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Tonya
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book I’ve read by Rona Halsall, but definitely won’t be my last. She has written a well crafted thriller that will keep you reading late into the night. I literally couldn’t put it down! Becca’s world is turned upside down when an ex-boyfriend sends her a message on Twitter. Old memories start to surface along with the question, “What if?” When her daughter, Mia, suddenly becomes violently ill with ...more
Zoé-lee O'farrell
OH MY DAYS!! I mean seriously OH MY DAYS! Yes, I have to shout this! This book has blown me completely away. It is so compelling and it is a story which will chill you to the core. It is a story that had me panicked, not quite sure how I would act in Becca’s situation.

My mind kept changing to who was behind everything! Who doesn’t love a book where you question the main character too, I mean can we even trust what Becca is saying? I can’t tell you who I specifically suspected, but it was everyon
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Vanessa Menezes
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Becca’s first love, Connor, shows up on her Twitter feed, she can’t help but smile fondly. Then he sends her a message. He sounds happy – still kind and funny, still living across the world in Australia. But he wants to know everything about her life now.

Becca hesitates, knowing she shouldn’t even reply. But Connor lives on the other side of the world. Just how dangerous can becoming friends again be? Plus, she is currently having problems in her marriage and needs someone to talk to.

But th
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Dom
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A huge thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Rona Halsall for the copy of this incredible story.

She couldn’t understand how everything had fallen apart so quickly.
Is a huge understatement! Becca's life gets torn from her when her little girl Mia starts getting Ill sporadically.
Events from Becca's past all play a role in a manipulation game that will twist your thoughts as a reader.

By the time he’d finished, she felt like a worn-out rag, wrung out so many times she was tattered and frayed, no su
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Melanie Hodges
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Becca is married with a 3 year old daughter who she adores. Things should be perfect in their new house, but with her husband working away building up his business for their future, she’s lonely and struggling with her mental health. Scared she’s going to regress to a darker time, she’s suddenly buoyed by a message on social media from Connor, her first love.
When her daughter suddenly gets violently sick, she is worried, knowing something is wrong.
Suddenly everything is upended and everything
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oohlalabooks
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow this book had me guessing all the way, it’s so twisty, and suspenseful. Things begin to happen once our main character, Becca Thorton, receives a message from a long ago ex boyfriend, Connor. Hearing from Connor awakens her memories. They met ten years ago in Australia, had a whirlwind romance, but when her mom had a stroke she returned to the UK with the promise of her returning. Then Becca met Dean, she became pregnant with Mia and they got married. Now Becca is questioning if she had made ...more
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
You know when you read a Rona Halsall book that you are going to be getting one cracker of a read and The Ex-Boyfriend is no exception. She really is one talented author and delivers each and every time, which makes her one of the best psychological thriller authors out there!

Rona has put together an interesting plot that drew me in right from the outset and took me hostage until the final page. The opening is chilling and sets off the tone for the rest of the story. It really got under my skin
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Gemma Quilliam
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this book! You just had to keep reading to see who was behind it all.
I zipped through it, it's laid out in the most readable chapters - non of which drag or sag.
A genuine page turner!
Stephanie Cooper
Rona Halsall really knows how to write a book I don’t want to put down! This one kept me hooked from the very first page, which is pretty much my favorite thing about a book! I was worried that I wouldn’t sympathize with the protagonist but as a mom, I totally loved her. My heart ached for her. I don’t want to give anything away but I really loved the ending!

Thanks so much to Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me the privilege of reading this book in advance!
Dee Groocock
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becca has a 3 year old daughter called Mia with her husband, Dean. Someone is poisoning Mia and Becca is doing everything in her power to find out who. Who in her small circle could be doing such an awful thing to a small child?

When Becca receives a tweet from her first love, Connor, she decides to respond. With the problems in her marriage, Becca might have opened up a big can of worms!

This is an excellent psychological thriller. It is one of those books that moves fast and leaves you not wanti
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She was born in Nottingham, grew up near Blackpool and went to college in Leeds. She then moved to Snowdonia, North Wales where she brought up her family while working as a business mentor. She now lives on the Isl
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