The Puppet Master By Abigail Osborne

Thank you to Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for squeezing me in on the Blog Blitz. 

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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. Unbeknown 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.

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.

Unbeknown 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.

My Thoughts

I was first introduced to this novel through Blogger Joanne Robertson from My Chestnut Reading Tree, she did a feature on Abigail, and the book was at the time free to download, I found the premise of the story intriguing. I like to try new authors, especially self published ones. 

I was so pleased when Bloodhound picked it up, and with some editing, new cover, but keeping the storyline the same it is improved and even tenser than before. I have fully read both editions. 

Deception is the key to this novel, with the puppet master pulling the strings of the players. 

Abbie has written a story that kept me on my toes, my heart in my mouth, and gut squirming just to add to the tension. Especially the more I read on. It was difficult to believe that this was a debut novel. 

The book is set in three parts, with considerable thought to the way the story unfolds. 

We see Billie and Adam, who they are individually and as they grow together in a new relationship. However they both have a past that they aren't fully revealing to each other, but their emotions are taking them on a journey neither expected. 

We get to know why Billie is how she is, in the second part of the book, it gave us a great insight in to the characters and how they grew to be who they were. 

Then there is the puppet master to take in to consideration! The full scale of the damage the puppet master has left in their wake is designed to make you feel helpless, sickened and increasingly frustrated as you read on. This is one of the most manipulative characters I have read in a long while. 

This is a fantastic debut novel, that took me on an emotional roller coaster of a journey, like a scab I could not leave it alone. I kept on reading, the beginning part had me intrigued in wanting to find out Billie's past, what made Adam dislike Bille so much.

Part two, left me feeling saddened, there are difficult subject matters to get your head round, but as difficult a read as this is, it is too compelling and twisted to miss out on. 

Part three gives us the conclusion, but is it the outcome that we want? 

There were heart in the mouth moments, and I really felt for Billie and hoped the outcome would be positive, must read if you want to find out. 


A story to stay which will stay with me for a long while, for an array of reasons. I really am looking forward to what Osborne brings us next. 

Author Information

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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