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Betsy Ryan is pregnant with her third child, and receiving threatening notes from an anonymous person. During what should be a joyful time in her life, she’s forced to face a decade old memory, and relive one of the most devastating nights of her life
In order to uncover the mystery behind the threats, she enlists the help of an unlikely, but oddly reliable source, her dog Barney. As the menacing notes continue to arrive, her husband is called out of town for work, and she struggles to keep her composure while shielding her two young sons from danger. She trusts no one except her parents, best friend Misty, and her extraordinary dog—who has proven to literally understand everything she says. Is this person out to harm her? And how do they have so much personal information about Betsy? She can’t help but think it’s the same person who attacked her at the train station almost a decade ago, and changed the course of her life forever. To save herself and her unborn child, Betsy must face her fears and find her strength, to reveal who is after her and most importantlywhy.
A taut yet expansive mystery thriller, Pink Slips introduces a powerful new literary voice to a genre steeped in mediocrity. It’s a genre which continues to evolve and there is a definite feeling of reinvention which Aldrich has certainly leveraged to deliver a top-notch narrative. Suspenseful with the kind of razor edge prose which should be mandatory for a mystery thriller it’s a novel that’s dependent upon the reversal of expectations with Aldrich introducing sublime twists that are sure to keep her readers on tenterhooks throughout. Yes, much-favoured tropes are evident but she never relies on them whilst a cleverly constructed plot comfortably manages to stay ahead of her readers at all times. Describing it in detail would ruin a cracking denouement that packs a powerful punch, but suffice to say there is more than enough here to keep the most demanding of genre fans turning its pages. It would, however, be disingenuous not to explore character development which is something Aldrich naturally excels at. Grounded with real world personas they are not only vividly rendered but provide genuine insight into Betsy Ryan’s life and intensely articulate the chilling sense of vulnerability that envelopes her as events unfold.
Top notch storytelling and an exceptional fiction debut, Pink Slips proves a must read and one that raises high expectation for future releases from Aldrich. It is recommended without reservation.
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