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The Happiness Thief

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Forty-one-year-old Natalie Greene lost her mom and her childhood memories in a car crash two decades ago. What remains is a haunting feeling that she was responsible for her mother’s death. After her husband leaves for another woman, Natalie accompanies her famous stepsister, Isabel Walker (aka “The Happiness Guru”) on a retreat to the Cayman Islands. There, a late-night c ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by She Writes Press
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Literary Redhead
THE HAPPINESS THIEF is an elegantly written mystery that keeps you rapt from the get-go. Natalie has a deep well of PTSD from the loss of her mother two decades ago in a car crash. Now in her forties, she faces even more loss when her husband leaves her, plus more trauma when a crash occurs while she’s on retreat to the Caymans.

After returning home, Natalie receives a shocking email suggesting the Cayman collision was not what it seemed. The ensuing twists and turns will keep you up all night,
Caroline Leavitt
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So, so smart and edgy--a page-turning mystery about memory, family and memoir with an ending you'll never see coming. Absolutely loved this book. ...more
Judy Batalion
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Bokat has the rare and precious gift of being both a master storyteller and an elegant poet. Each and every sentence dazzles in this intelligent and fiery tale about family, loss, and what it means to be feel happy, whole.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 09, 2021 rated it liked it
via my blog:
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖?

Natalie Greene has buried the horrible car accident that cost her mother her very life. With her shattered, haunting recollection of that event, hazy at best, the one thing she feels to be true is that it was all her fault. She is the reason her mother is dead. Now in her forties, her marriage has just ended due to her husband’s infidelity, so she turns to her adored step-sister Isabel Walker, once a troubled teen an
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Happiness Thief is a well written suspense novel about two sisters that will keep you turning pages until the end. I was pretty sure that I knew how it would end but the ending was so much better than I anticipated that it still had an element of surprise for me.

Natalie and Isabelle are step sisters and have been close since Natalie's mother married Isabel's father when they were young. Natalie is 41 years old and her life is a total mess. Her husband has left her and she has to balance thei
Leslie Lindsay
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
{Please join me in conversation with authors at|Always with a Book. Nicole Bokat to appear in late May 2021.}

Edgy, smart, and propulsive blend of literary thriller meets family dysfunction.

A masterful tale of family dysfunction , enmeshment, interconnected twists, the infallible affect of memory and emotion, lies, and so much more in Nicole Bokat's THE HAPPINESS THIEF (SWP, May 18 2021).

Natalie Greene is a 41-year old recently divorced woman raising a 15-year old dau
Kelsey McElrath
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This one kept me turning the pages!

What I liked: I loved the suspense. There were a lot of unanswered questions throughout that kept me page turning to find the answers. I like the skipping between past and present, allowing the reader to connect the dots in similar but different situations.

What I didn't like: Sometimes I wasn't able to catch the transition from the present into a flashback. I'd find myself confused and having to go back to realizing we were in a flashback. While I also appreci
Niki Mackedanz
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I was given the chance to read this book for free before being published in return for my honest review thanks to NetGalley.

The Happiness Thief is about Natalie, a woman who lost her mother in an accident when she was a young girl. She has gone through life living with the guilt that her mother's accident was her fault, because she was in the car with her and survived. The only problem with this, is she doesn't remember anything about the accident or a lot of the events leading up to that day an
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
The Happiness Thief is a gripping thriller about Natalie who’s childhood memories surrounding a car crash have haunted her for years. The death of her mom was tragic and its aftereffects have left her grappling with mental health issues and she’s never really recovered from it. She feels as if she’s responsible for her mother’s death and can’t help shake the fact there was something more sinister that took place that fateful night. An incident that occurs once again threatens to dredge up the tr ...more
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Happiness Thief by Nicole Bokat was our first read for our newly formed bookclub. The book is a real page turner and keeps you guessing right up until the end! It's about two stepsisters - Natalie and Isabel - who have always been close especially after the death of Natalie's mother. Natalie has always thought her mother's death was her fault. But after receiving some mysterious emails after she comes back from a trip to Grand Caymen she starts to question everything she remembers about that ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. Natalie goes with her step sister, Isabel to Grand Cayman. A tiny accident happens which brings Natalie back to her childhood when the car she was riding in crashed and her mother died. This book made me frustrated. Natalie is a 40 something with a 15 year old daughter. Natalie is going through a divorce and seems very scattered. Any parent of a 15 year old knows you need to be on your game. She has random sex which seems unbelievable. It ju ...more
Dawn Thomas
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Happiness Thief by Nicole Bokat


280 Pages
Publisher: She Writes Press
Release Date: May 18, 2021

Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers, Family Dynamics

Natalie and Isabella are two stepsisters living in different worlds. Natalie believes she was the cause of her mother’s death and lives in a state of anxiety. When the sisters are at a conference on Grand Cayman, there is an incident with a car that rattles Natalie and makes her question everything.

The book is well paced, and the chara
Lindy Talbot
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was so beautifully written and crafted. The twists and turns of the plot, bolstered by characters I wanted to know and care about, made this an engrossing and satisfying read. Highly recommended.
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