Book Review | Two by K.J. McGillick

Book Description

Her husband wants her locked away in a psychiatric facility. His business partner wants her dead.

     Trust. Who do we place our trust in every day? Family members, friends and people who we turn to for help, doctors. But what if the doctor you placed your trust in had secrets? Dark secrets. So many secrets.

     Isabella Armond is an ordinary Parisian woman with a comfortable life — until a shocking discovery shatters her perfect world. As her husband’s behavior becomes increasingly unstable, Isabella slowly realizes all the signs point to the fact he is not who he appears to be. Is he a respected Cardio-thoracic surgeon with a thriving Paris medical practice helping people? Or is he leading a double life which involves the international trafficking of black market organs? Greed, blood money, and psychopath are the terms she learns are associated with a man she thought she knew.

     Forced to delve deeper into her husband’s secret life, she makes discoveries that will make her question everything she believed forcing her to face an impossible decision. She is desperate to uncover the truth, but once you know something, it can’t be unknown. The more she learns, the more she wishes she knew nothing at all.

     When the sun dims, your second self shall disappear. Consequences not of her making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

My Review | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite character: Chloe

Chloe is brash and sassy. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it. A bit over the top at times, I loved her brazenness and her loyalty to the main character, Isabella. I especially loved how she saw a problem in Isabella’s marriage and took steps to help her friend regain her life. Chloe is the spark of fun in an otherwise intense story.

What I Liked

The titles of the books in the series are intriguing. The title of each book is a number, and instead of going chronologically, they go in reverse order – ThreeTwo, and finally, One – like a bomb ticking down to detonation. And the covers are beautiful. I love the use of just three colors – it makes for such pretty pictures.

The suspense and tension start on page one, and they don’t let up until there are no more pages to read. I was on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I almost read the first chapter of the next book (One), but I resisted for the moment. I will be reading the entire book very soon. So, look for that review in a few weeks.

I was on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

The story covers current-day fears – terrorism, Russia, the destruction of long-standing landmarks, and many of the horrors you see on the news. Yet, I found it to be believable, even though to have all of these elements seems like it would be a bit unfocused. Two is a remarkable, spell-binding story in which it all works.

The plot is more character-driven, and as a result, I sped through the pages to find out if the main character, Isabella would be okay. The story has a cast of well-developed characters and a robust, suspenseful plot. Even though Isabella was not my favorite character, she is still a character whose story I wanted to follow. I fussed at her along-side of her best friend, Chloe, but I also worried about her and wanted her to come out of this story on top.

What I Wish

If I had to point to something that I wish – it would be for more intrigue and mystery. I always knew who is doing what, and I love when stories include some doubt or questions. But the lack of this does not detract from the suspense of the story at all.

To Read or Not to Read

If you love thrillers, you will love this fantastic find.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

5 Replies to “Book Review | Two by K.J. McGillick”

  1. Suspense from start to finish sounds great, Tessa, and I like character-driven stories. Looks like a great read despite the lack of red herrings (I like those too). Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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