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An absolutely cracking, powerful, and oh so relevant novel focusing on domestic abuse, violence, and gaslighting. Ria Taylor is the manager of a refuge for women, she struggles to deal with threatening messages from an unknown source, but worse, much worse is to come. Author Jacqueline Ward is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist and boy does it show. I entered the story and just felt the truth. The first paragraph is so descriptive, I experienced an immediate sense of place. I didn’t question, didn’t dwell, I was just sucked in whole and lived in each and every moment. The characters pop with authenticity, I could reach out and touch them, they became known to me. The ending had me sitting in contemplation. At the back of the book there are some pretty fabulous Book Club Questions, and most importantly a list of helplines for anyone experiencing domestic violence. How to Play Dead is not only a provocative and fabulous story, it also burrowed inside my head, it made me look, made me see.
It shook me to the core to learn that two women a week in England are killed by a partner, or ex partner.
She's watching over them. And he's watching her...
Ria Taylor is everything to everyone. Wife and mother, the centre of her family. And the manager of a refuge for women whose partners have driven them out of their own homes.
But one night, with her husband away, Ria receives a terrifyingly sinister message. Someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about her. She knows what she should do - seek help, just like she tells her clients to. But Ria is the help. As events escalate, and terror takes hold, Ria must decide whether to run or hide...
Penetratingly sharp on the complexities of psychological abuse and the human heart, this compulsive, disturbing debut will be relished by fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Daly - Joanne Owen, LoveReading on PERFECT TEN
Fascinating - Paula Daly, on PERFECT TEN
A wildly entertaining and compelling debut - Daily Mail, on PERFECT TEN
Hugely engrossing - a dark delight - Catherine Ryan Howard, on PERFECT TEN
Publication date: 07/11/2019
|Publication date:||7th November 2019|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Fiction & related items, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,|
Jacqueline Ward is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist working in high hazard safety, holds a PhD which explored the stories we use in everyday life to construct our identities, and in 2013 received an MBE for services to vulnerable people. She lives in Oldham with her partner and their dog. For more about Jacqueline Ward please visit her website www.jacquelineward.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @jacquiannc.More About Jacqueline Ward