Just Two Weeks by Amanda Sington-Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just Two Weeks is a psychological Suspense. Jolene Carr is holidaying alone at the Green Spa Hotel in Sri Lanka. A last minute decision by partner Mark, who needed to stay home and look after his terminally ill father meant Jo took off on her own. She needed this break, she’d just been made redundant and she had an old leg injury which would benefit from the warm sun and massages in the hotel spa.
At her first breakfast she is befriended by another lone traveller, they chat and Zara invites Jo to spend the day with her at another beach. Instructed to bring her passport and money with her for safety, Jo falls foul of an easy con and is left high, dry and robbed. This is just the beginning of a set of harrowing events, where locals clam up, authorities are suspicious and Jo is left frightened, exhausted and vulnerable.
A victim of several more holiday incidents which you read about in the papers, Jo believes that she keeps seeing Zara/Raquel or whatever this con woman’s name is. Returning home Jo goes to put it all behind her until Raquel starts stalking her. With everyone around telling her she’s imagining things and jumping to the wrong conclusions, Jo’s life spirals out of control. She discovers more alias for this woman as the net closes in.
This book definitely left me having an uneasy sleep once I’d finished it late at night, but I’m not a hard core psychological suspense reader. I wanted to shout at Jo more than once at her ability to not act safely, easy for me to judge whilst sitting in the warm safety of my home.
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After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels herself slipping into a vortex of fear. Back home, the nightmare continues and she realises that Raquel is stalking her. Her hippie mother and her partner Mark tell her she is imagining it all. All certainties, even about relationships, become fluid and treacherous as her past begins to unravel. If it wasn’t for Rob, her ex-lover who Jolene thinks has his own agenda, she would be left to cope on her own.
How much fear and betrayal can one person take?
Amanda Sington Williams’ first novel, The Eloquence of Desire was published by Sparkling Books in 2010 and has been translated into Turkish. She won an award for this novel in 2007 from the Royal Literary Fund. Since 2006 when she first started writing she has had many short stories published, including: Growing Pains by Bridgehouse Publishing, A Mother’s Love by Indigo Mosaic, Two Orchids by Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Unseasonable Weather by Dead Ink Press, The Woman at Number Six by Writing Raw, and many more.
Her second novel, Just Two Weeks is a psychological suspense and won the IPR Agents Pick in 2013.
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I think this book looks great, just put it on my to read list!
Thanks Terry, glad you hear that.
Hi Rosie – I’ve seen this book all over the place. Great review! Thanks. 🙂
This sounds awesome. I haven’t read psychological suspense in ages. ❤
Lots of twists and turns which keep the reader on the edge too.
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I really like the sound of this one.
Will add it to my TBR. 🙂
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