Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Give It Back by Danielle Esplin


As a debut novel this book has all the elements of a perfect mystery.  Although it contained all the elements thereof, it also introduced a different approach to the typical American suspense thriller. Nobody in the saga is perfect!  That's the first bonus point for this book.

Three women's lives get entangled in Seattle, when the main character needs help from her somewhat estranged, self-centered sister. The nanny from London forms the third leg of the table laid with mysterious intent, hidden agendas and dark histories.  A tangled web of unfinished emotional issues ensues, leaving a trail of broken lives behind. However, one of them will survive to pick up the pieces and continue ...

CHARACTERS: as introduced in the official blurp:

Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her, but soon she realizes it’s just the beginning of an everlasting nightmare. 

Lexy, an au pair from London, moves to Seattle to help Lorraine with her infant son. But she didn’t come for the child…she came for something else. 

When Ella receives a call from her sister, Lorraine, who begs her to leave San Diego to spend time with her, she decides to take a few days off from work to visit her ...
But on her way to the airport, she learns that something shocking has happened since she last spoke with Lorraine. To make matters worse, once Ella arrives in Seattle, Lorraine’s story keeps changing, making Ella question how reliable her sister really is ...

From the very first page a line of deceit and lies is drawn which leaves the reader sleepless and totally unwilling to put the book down.  Trying to only read...well...just another chapter... did not help. Each chapter had a dramatic ending.... yes... it simply would not go away.  The ending was mind blowing, yelling out for another fix, a follow up and hopefully soon!  The suspense is unbearable!

Fast paced, short (dated) chapters; three protagonists telling their stories;  strong story line; riveting reading.

Danielle Esplin started off on a high note with this novel and can become one of the greats of suspense thrillers. The proof is in the pudding!   Excellent debut for this author!  

RECOMMENDED for readers who enjoyed The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. 



Genres: Suspense thrillerFormats: Kindle, Paperback
Number of pages:  304
Edition language: English
Publication date: April 07, 2016
Purchase links: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble



Danielle Esplin studied Food Science with Chemistry at the University of Stellenbosch. She had a full-ride scholarship and was one of the top students. After three years of sleepless nights in the library and endless experiments in the laboratory, she realized that something was missing.

And that was writing fiction.

Without telling anyone, she packed her bags, waved her twin sister good-bye, trudged down the street and got on a bus to leave the country. When she crossed the border and entered Namibia, she switched her phone on and sent her mother a text. "I dropped out of University," she wrote and never looked back.

In Namibia, among the countless dunes that appeared like a half-closed girdle nestling the everlasting sea, her desire to write surfaced. Ever since she has been pursuing her dream to become a full-time writer. Danielle also loves to travel, and she writes about her adventures on her blog www.exploringmyplanet.com.

Today she lives with her husband in Seattle with her two pet rats, Skippy and Milo. In her spare time, she likes to sing, read or spend time with family and friends.

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