Friday 17 May 2024

Review - Nothing Without Me by Helen Monks Takhar

Nothing Without Me by Helen Monks Takhar
Publisher: HQ
Release date: 28 March 2024
Back cover blurb: April Eden is about to have the night of her life. The Vanished Woman, the film she wrote and directed is up for a raft of major awards. Her leading lady, Essie Lay, is on the cusp of a stunning comeback after the disturbing scandal that ended her small-screen career a year before. When Essie messages April to say she can’t face the ceremony, April presumes nerves and goes to her Hampstead mansion to persuade her to attend. Instead, April finds Essie dead in her swimming pool. In that moment, April makes an agonising decision, which will force her onto a course of action she couldn’t have imagined. If she is to find out what happened – and protect her own freedom – April is going to find herself face to face with some of the most powerful people in her industry, unforeseen dangers, and discomfiting truths from Essie’s and her own past.

Another fab thriller from this author!

April Eden is about to have the night of her life, a movie that she wrote and directed is up for some major awards, and her leading lady, Essie Lay is about to have a stunning and surprising comeback after the scandal that threatened her career just a year before.

On the night of the award ceremony, April receives a message from Essie saying she cannot face attending. Assuming her friend and colleague is nervous, April makes a last minute detour to Essie's mansion, determined to persuade her to attend. 

It is there that she is faced with an entirely different scenario, Essie is face down in her own swimming pool presumably dead. April, already running late, must make a decision on whether to deal with this now, or go the ceremony.

Thinking that there is nothing she can do for Essie now, she goes to the ceremony. A decision that will change her life forever. 

Told from both April and Essie's perspectives, this is a twisty turny thriller ... Just when I thought I had it sussed, another spanner was thrown in to the works, and another suspect thrown in to the mix.

Essie (Esther) and April have a strange relationship, that has evolved throughout their rise to fame.

I particularly enjoyed the nod to Sunset Boulevard at the beginning of the novel, and can't wait for the authors next.

Nothing Without Me  is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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