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The Poison Tree: the addictive , twisty debut psychological thriller from the million-copy bestselling author

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How could I have stopped reading half-way through the book before I discovered the horrible crime? Did you ever hear someone take so long to set up a joke that you lost interest before the punchline was delivered? That's how I felt about this book. I just got tired of all these hints and build-ups to some horrific crime or accident and decided I had spent enough time with these characters. Sorry I spent as much time as I did. Where was he all these years? Started a family, has two kids too and his mother there is waiting for him to return? We caught up with Erin to talk about writing and reading psychological thrillers as well as what it was like filming a creative writing course during a pandemic... I don't get these kids from schools. How can you get the satisfaction from bullying a kid for witnessing his father's death? For being without his father? Are you even human? (>.<)

in the spectrum of "books that claim to be just like secret history" this one takes home high marks.I usually find my research enraging rather than upsetting, and I let that power me through the writing. Once the research is done, though, I don’t let the subject matter get to me otherwise I’d end up writing a polemic, not a thriller. The threat to my own wellbeing is far more likely to come from my own plot holes than anything else. I’m a master at painting myself into corners.

Louisa readily agrees. Anything to save her life, and to save the secret she has been hiding all these years. But as soon as Carl left, they sat and thought through it. Who's to say he'll stop at this. Who's to say he won't return to end their life once he got what he always wanted? Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

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And we won't know any of it, what Louisa is hiding or how/why did the murder happen to which Paul was a witness, until half of the book. And the half was all about Paul and Louisa meeting and getting to know each other. And also having a relationship! Anyway. Such behavior makes them move to a different place, where he was treated like a normal student, but not for long. The bullying started again soon by some nasty students, but then Paul makes a friend called Daniel. I would classify this novel as a mystery/romance as the main drive of the novel was in finding out the central mysteries of the characters, namely what Daniel had done to cause Paul to have to testify, and why exactly Louisa is afraid of being spotted in certain areas of London. This book would also be good for those that like a character-driven plot. He gets defensive when she tried to pry into his life, and STILL expects her to be goody two shoes girlfriend, why?

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