Perfect Lives Don’t Come Cheap.
Marcia Bailey has it all: a passionate marriage to a rich and handsome man who is utterly devoted to her; fame and success as London’s premier matchmaker; a beautiful home in a posh neighbourhood, and fabulous holidays in exotic places.
But her perfect life turns into a nightmare overnight when a mysterious caller suddenly threatens to reveal secrets from her past she thought she had left behind forever. Who is he and what does he really want? He says he wants three million pounds to keep quiet, and she’s willing to pay. After all, she has already sacrificed so much, and perfect lives don’t come cheap.
But Marcia has a hunch her caller wants more than money from her. He wants to hurt and humiliate her. But why?
As police investigate a brutal murder in a wealthy London neighborhood, they untangle a web of lies, violence, sex and jealousy surrounding Marcia Bailey and the group of wealthy and powerful men who have secrets of their own to keep.
The Matchmaker is filled with unexpected twists and turns — and characters that will haunt you long after you’ve read the last page.
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Hélene Fermont’s a practising psychologist with vast experience of people from all walks of life and background. Her Character Driven Psychological Thrillers are completely fictitious with much emphasis on their journey and interaction, intriguing traits and storylines.
After many years in London, Hélene divides her time between London and her home town, Malmö. Her beloved, beautiful cat, Teddy, is her writing buddy.
Hélene’s the proud author of five Psychological Thrillers; Because Of You, We Never Said Goodbye, His Guilty Secret, One Fatal Night, and The Matchmaker. Hélene’s the author of a collection of crime and romantic stories, Who’s Sorry Now? Currently, she’s working on her second collection, Maisie’s Secret which will be released later this year.
Hélene’s novels and stories are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.
My thoughts: this was a twisted tale of love and revenge. Marcia may appear to have it all, but her past is a sad and lonely one. It’s only after her brutal murder that the secrets start to come out as ex-lovers, her sister, her daughter and more are interviewed by the police as they try to find out who killed her.
The book bounces between the different characters as they react to the killing and await a visit from the police, and you see that behind the huge houses and bank balances, many people’s lives are not simple at all. Marcus is having money problems, Julian’s still in love with the one woman he can’t have, Rachel has just found out who her birth mother was. The secrets and lies keep coming.
Slowly the detectives unravel everyone’s connections and after a savage assault, get the answers they were looking for. A slow burner of a crime thriller but interesting and involving.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.