#Blogtour The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes @Egan_Hughes @BooksSphere @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #TheOneThatGotAway

The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes. Sphere August 6th 2020

Book Synopsis

You love him. You trust him.

Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband, Rob. She’s found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life.

But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she’ll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open. They know Mia had reason to hate her ex-husband, but she’s not the only one. Plenty of people wanted Rob Creavy dead, not least his new wife, Rachel.

What they don’t know is that Mia has a secret, one she’s desperate to protect.

But someone else knows. Someone with very dark secrets of their own . . .

My Review

A dead body, two ex wives, and a trail of destruction. Who killed Rob Creavy and why? That is what I hoped to find out as I entered the world of Mia, divorced, happily dating, with a flourishing new business until her ex husband Rob was found murdered. Hughes raised more questions than answers, as we wondered why Mia felt so afraid that the police might assume she was the culprit.

She introduced another ex wife, Rachel, another possible suspect, with just as much reason to want him dead as Mia. But why did these two women hold so much vitriol and derision to a dead man.

Hughes unraveled a story that so many of us may have experienced, witnessed, or read about. The fairy tale romance, being swept off your feet by a handsome man, well paid, who took you to all the best places, and romantically proposed marriage. It sounded too go to be true, but who wouldn’t be drawn in, and here was the crux of Hughes’s story.

A man who changed the instant the wedding was over, who manipulated, coerced, never overtly violent but passive aggressive, little psychological digs that wore you down until eventually you gave in, submitted and gave everything you had both mentally, physically and materially.

Hughes made it hard for us to believe that such intelligent women such as Mia and Rachel could be hooked, but what you had to admire, especially in Mia’s case was her strength to start again and seemingly leave it all behind.

The relationship between Mia and Rachel was interestingly done by Hughes, you expected her to make them work together, and in some ways they did, but Hughes maintained a distance, as if one didn’t quite trust the other, both guarded, suspicious. What you didn’t expect was the part of Hughes third main character, Sky, her ultimate role, the veritable spanner in the works. You knew there was a connection with Rob, but Hughes drip fed the details of her relationship with him, left the reader guessing, until the common threads between the three became clearer.

I thought I knew how it would end, but Hughes was clever and left the best until last as she threw in a curve ball that i didn’t see and made the ending deeply satisfying.

I admired Hughes skillful handling of the novel’s structure, her ability to manage her characters, and to switch effortlessly between the then and the now. It made for an engrossing read, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sun.

I would like to thank Sphere for a copy of The One That Got Away to read and review and to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Egan Hughes was born in North Devon and grew up in Hampshire, UK. She is now based on the South Coast of England and works in marketing as a freelance copyeditor. An early version of The One That Got Away was shortlisted for the First Novel Prize, and the 2017 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition.

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