Book Review~ Beautiful Bad, #NetGalley, @HarlequinBooks, @_Annie_Ward

Author: Annie WardE6E38561-CC51-4869-A032-2CFA26696974

Genre: Thriller

Pub Date: March 19, 2019




Taken from Goodreads

In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad. Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry…That something is really, really wrong with me. Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo. From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

My review:

I was super excited to read this book after the description compared it to The Woman in the Window. While I didn’t find it quite as explosive as The Woman in the Window it was still an interesting thriller! The story goes back and forth along three different time lines, when Maddie and Ian first meet, weeks leading up to the crime, and the day of the killing.

Maddie has suffered a few traumatic head injuries, once when she was little, and the other while camping with Ian. Ian isn’t well either, due to his military background he suffers from pretty severe PTSD. I wouldn’t call their relationship a healthy one, even from the beginning, but the attraction between them was incredibly strong. Their mental health may have been the very thing that drew them together and also the catalyst for the nearly perfect crime.

Wow! I did not see the ending coming, I wasn’t sure who committed the crime until I finished the book. I am still not sure what to make of the ending! If you like twisted thrillers, I’d love to hear your thoughts in this one!

Thank you so much to Harlequin, NetGalley and the author, Annie Ward for this advanced copy for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

Have you read this one? What is your all time favorite thriller?


Happy Reading Friends!


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