All her life twenty-two-year-old Ruby Fitzroy’s annoyingly over protective mother has believed the worst will befall one of her two daughters. Sick and tired of living in fear, Ruby arranges a date without her mother’s knowledge.
On first impressions, charming and sensitive Cody Strong seems perfect. When they visit his home overlooking the Welsh coast, she meets his delightful father Steve and brother Kyle. But it isn’t long before she discovers all is not as it seems.
After a shocking turn of events, Ruby’s world is blown apart. Terrified and desperate, she prepares to face her darkest hour yet.
Will she ever escape this nightmare?
In between full length novels, I wanted to read something quick - a short story. Browsing through my TBR pile I came across this novella by Netta Newbound. It's cover immediately grabbed my attention and gave me the goosebumps and I just knew I had to read it. Though I have a number of this author's books in my kindle, for some reason I never got round to reading them, so I thought this was a great opportunity to have a 'taste' of her writing.
"Sorry to be a pest, but Mother knows best."
Twenty-two-year-old Ruby considers her over-protective mother, a pain in the neck. She's had enough of her constant nagging and obsessions about her daughters' safety. So, despite her mother's warnings Ruby goes out with a charming young lad she barely knows. Cody is very handsome and gentle, a dream come true, but as they say 'Beauty is only skin deep'. Ruby is simply too young and naive to realise this, and when she does, it's way too late... Soon she finds herself in the very same situation her mother had professed would happen...
The characters in this novella are all realistic. I especially liked Ruby's mother, Sharon. She's a strong, persistent woman. I hated Cody from the first time he's mentioned.
It took me just minutes to devour this book as it's very gripping and tense. I wanted to know what will happen next, how things would turn out and so before I knew it, I've read it all. That I guess is one downside of short stories. The writing is excellent and smooth, however I thought the ending was a bit too hurried and could have been developed a little bit more.
Other than that I really liked this novella. It's brilliant and it made me want to read the author's full length novels. Oh by the way... if you want to grab a copy, this book is currently free on Amazon! ;-)
Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and two delicious grandchildren.
As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn't turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.
Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.