He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear...
Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.
Now under option with Legendary Television for development as a TV series
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Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
The Bad News: This book was NOTHING like what I had expected it to be.
The Good News: It didn't even matter what I expected because this book far surpassed what I would have wanted anyways.
Mister Tender's Girl is a fantastically written, fast faced, and insanely twisted ride that had me flipping the pages almost faster than I could read. I am new to Carter Wilson's writing but I have a feeling that after reading this one, I am going to want to go back and read some of his other books.
ABOUT THE BOOK
One may assume that this book is about the near death experience that the heroine, Alice, experiences after she is repeatedly stabbed by two of her classmates who are using her as an almost human sacrifice for Mister Tender. You may also assume it follows Alice when she is a young adult- before and after- these being stabbed. This however is NOT the case. For me, I picked up the book because I thought this was what it was about but I was seriously wrong.
Alice was stabbed and nearly killed and readers will learn about it in depth as the story progresses. But it is not a young adult thriller and doesn't follow Alice in her teens. It actually follows her as an adult, 14 years later, when she thinks all of this is behind her. Unfortunately, she is dead wrong. Mister Tender is back. He's stalking Alice and sending her into panic inducing states. But not only this, she is trying to come to terms with her brothers illness, her fathers death, and her mothers decent into insanity (well, what I would call insanity because I got to know her through the book).
Even more, readers will follow Alice on her journey to discover the truths and lies that have been turning her life inside out. And what a twisted, roller-coaster ride this is!
For some, you may not like Alice as she is almost devoid of any personality because of what happened to her as a kid. But others, like me, will love the intricate mind of her character, and find themselves sympathizing with her and wanting to help her out on the journey that has been waiting for her nearly half of her life.
I really LOVED this book. It's unique, thrilling, filled with suspense, and unputdownable. The author was clever in turning what appears to be a "Slender Man" book into something so unique, yet so close, to the original story that it's hard to separate the two. There are some similarities, yet so many differences that it stands perfectly on it's own whether you know the Slender Man story or not. It's truly a gem and I hope many readers will give it a chance.
One of the drawbacks that I felt for the story (although it didn't stop me from stamping 5 big stars on the story) is that I wanted MORE of what happened to Alice when she was stabbed. A little it more of a backstory may have changed the whole story, but it's what I was suspecting so I was a little let down when it wasn't truly incorporated. Perhaps if the author did some past and present shots? That would have been really cool. Regardless of this though, I still really enjoyed this one and couldn't put it down for a minute. I think many readers will feel the same.
If you're looking for a dark and twisty ride, one with characters who remind you of the heroines from Sharp Objects and Dark Places, then this is your kind of book. I highly recommend it.
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