Beautiful Bad Book Review

In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry... That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian's romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, charlie; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

My Review:

Maddie was working as travel writer and it seemed as if she was never working very far from her best friend Jo.  During most of the book you are given the impression that Maddie was a sweet innocent and inexperienced young woman.  Jo, on the other hand seemed to be a wild child but a very good friend to Maddie.  I didn't think Ian and Maddie would ever get together, but when they finally did she used his PTSD against him.

This book had me captivated from the first page.  It had so many twists, I couldn't believe what I was reading.  This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year.


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