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“I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess...”
So begins the testimony of Noah Calaway, an ex-lawyer with a sideline in armchair criminal psychology. Now living an aimless life in an inherited cottage in the English countryside, Noah is haunted by the memory of the beguiling young woman who left him at the altar sixteen years earlier. Then one day he receives a troubling phone call. April, the woman he once loved, lies in a coma, the victim of an apparent overdose—and the lead suspect in the brutal murder of her stepfather. Deep in his bones, Noah believes that April is innocent. Then again, he also believed they would spend the rest of their lives together.
While Noah searches for evidence that will clear April’s name, a teenager named Ella begins to sift through the secrets of her own painful family history. The same age as April was when Noah first met her, Ella harbors a revelation that could be the key to solving the murder. As the two stories converge, there are shocking consequences when at last, the truth emerges.
Or so everyone believes...
Set in a borderland where the past casts its shadow on the present, with a time-shifting narrative that will mesmerize and surprise, The Beauty of the End is both a masterpiece of suspense and a powerful rumination on lost love.
The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells is a mesmerizing, psychological thriller that I could. not. put. down. I read and enjoyed The Bones of You by Debbie Howells last June, so I was already familiar with the author’s writing style. With The Beauty of the End, Debbie Howells is firmly on my must-buy author list.
The Beauty of the End is told in present day scenes and flashback scenes. I stayed up way too late because I had to know what was going to happen next. The book had so many twists…some I was able to figure out but others that kept me guessing. Noah is a character that you just feel bad for~things never seem to work out for him even when he is a good guy just trying to do his best.
I don’t want to give away any specifics…so I’ll just say, if you enjoy psychological thrill rides full of mystery, then you should definitely pick up The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more from Ms. Howells. A full five stars from me.
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