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No One Saw It Coming: The gripping thought-provoking emotional family drama from Sunday Times bestseller

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I like the fact that some of the characters - notably Andee (and Jay) - recur from previous novels - it makes the network of connections feel authentic. Part 1 was a bit slow moving for me, but there was a nice zinger at the end to get me intrigued for part 2. We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic.

Master storyteller Susan Lewis blends emotional family drama, heart-stopping tension and nail-biting suspense' Reader review ? No One Saw It Coming opens with Jack and Hanna Madden who are at a lavish and elegant evening party in Clifton, a posh Bristol suburb. After the reasoning behind Hanna and Jack's daughter, Cait, being a bratty adult child is revealed I liked her progression into a more mature adult.The plot line I guessed relatively quickly and I think this was part of the frustration with the slow pace.

I found it soooo hard to get into the first half of the book had me so mad almost to the middle of the book that I either wanted to scream or throw it at the mirror in the bathroom, that being the only safe mirror because it can shatter into the basin! She has such a beautiful, infectious smile; her eyes shine with humour and kindness; her skin is lightly freckled and smooth. It was only in the last 15% of the book that my interest was peaked and I was engaged with what was happening to the characters and that I felt the pace picked up. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. I did guess who committed the crime, but in a million years wouldn’t have guessed the why, that was very convoluted.

I was really looking forward to reading this book as it has been a while since I’ve read any of her books. You also get occasional chapters from Blanche, who is initially not connected to the story until the author ties everything together. You are hooked on discovering everything the secrets that are holding and ultimately who is responsible for this unforseen tragedy. He was, at heart, a despicable man and yet I have little difficulty imagining how terrible his loss must be for Hanna. At times there were parts which felt overly dramatised but I’m not sure if that’s the writing or the narrators interpretation.

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