Wednesday 6 January 2021

πŸ“– Book Review ~ Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers


Aria/Head of Zeus
JB Publishing
23 November 2020

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

Jennifer Smits is a young mother, married to a hotshot lawyer and living in Amsterdam. Her world explodes when her husband is found dead at a holiday park during a weekend getaway. Convinced that the police have failed in their investigation, she embarks on a desperate quest for the truth - but the deeper she digs, the more she gets enmeshed in a tangled web of lies, spun by a ruthless law firm.

As Jennifer's search for answers intensifies, her grip on reality weakens. Barely able to manage her patients at the health clinic, or take care of her young son, Jennifer is at risk of losing it all – even her closest friends begin to desert her. And then a chance encounter with a charming stranger sparks a new chain of events that plunges her deeper into a world of threats and corruption. Soon, she begins to fear for her life - but who can she trust, and how far will she go in pursuit of the truth?

This is a gripping, addictive thriller that will make you question everything, including the flaws of forensics. Could we all be framed for a murder we didn’t commit?

πŸ“– My thoughts..

Jennifer Smits and her husband have escaped from the stress of work for a family weekend however, this idyllic break is spoiled when the couple have a petty argument. When her husband doesn’t return from a walk, Jennifer begins to get alarmed and her fears come true when her husband’s body is found in suspicious circumstances. Struggling with grief, Jennifer is convinced that her husband’s death is no accident and with very little help from the police she sets out to discover for herself, more about her husband’s enemies, and why they might wish to do him harm.

The story moves along quickly and the author has done a great job of maintaining the tension whilst allowing the characters the liberty of acting in a fairly unconventional way. There were times when I had to suspend belief and wondered if Jennifer would really act in that way, but hey, this is fiction and within the context of the story it works well. I grew to like Jennifer’s tenaciousness, she is thwarted at every turn and yet is determined to get justice for her husband but at what cost to herself in the process.

Double Deceit is a well written and thought provoking murder/mystery which has enough elements of surprise to keep you guessing until the end of the story.

πŸ“– About the Author πŸ“–

Julienne Brouwers worked as a pharmaceutical scientist and medical physicist before becoming a writer. She lives in the Netherlands, with her husband and three children, where she has published two successful thrillers, and lived in the UK and US for a total of four years.

Twitter @JulienneAuthor #DoubleDeceit

@HOZ_Books @Aria_Fiction

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