I’m delighted to be a part of the blog blitz for The Puppet Master, I purchased a copy of this ebook and became even more excited to read it when I saw it was being republished by Bloodhound Books!
Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.
Unbeknownst to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.
Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?
One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
In the opening pages of this book, I knew immediately that I liked the main protagonist, Billie, anyone who enjoys spending large amounts of time people-watching is a kindred spirit! Billie is instantly likeable, and the only character in this novel that I liked, Osborne did a wonderful job showcasing Billie’s fear and it radiated off the pages. Seeing how Billie lived as a result of her fear made my heart warm to her, I knew her past was going to catch up with her, and I hoped she’d survive a second time around.
The Puppet Master is narrated by Billie and Adam, firstly in the present day, a flash back to the past, then a return to the present day. The present day narrative in the first part of this book was my favourite part of the novel, Osborne did a good job building the suspense. From the blurb we know Billie is hiding from someone, but your attention is grabbed by Adam’s narrative, what does he perceive Billie to have done, if she’s the hiding victim, why does he believe she’s ruined lives?
The overriding theme in this novel is manipulation and I like that Osborne shows you how strong the power of manipulation is and how crippling an emotion fear is. The middle part of this novel takes us back into the past and the puzzle pieces fall into place – the reason for Billie’s fear and Adam’s loathing, however, there were times when this narration didn’t hold the same level of believability as the opening parts of the novel and the psychological thrills weren’t as strong either. When the plot returns to the present day, it’s a whirlwind of an ending, fitting though it is.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and have no problem recommending it, it does delve into dark areas and is a novel suited to those who enjoy dark themes without the ‘hard-to-read’ descriptive detail. While the events narrated about the past may have suspended my belief a little, The Puppet Master is a quick and enjoyable read.
About the Author:
Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. ‘The Puppet Master’ is Abigail’s debut novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats. She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.
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