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TLC Book Tour Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Title: Beautiful Bad
Author: Annie Ward
Year Published: 2019

Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 363
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NY, KS), Bulgaria, Macedonia, Iraq

FTC Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours for an impartial review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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, they're married with a beautiful son, Charlie, and 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 Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Purchase Links Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

Connect with Annie Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Review: What are the chances that I would read two books about PTSD in a row? And they handled the issue so differently. 

This one has three time frames that are told in alternating chapters. One storyline is Maddie's life in the early to mid-2000s building up to her current life. This is the plot where we get to now all the characters, how they know each other, and all about their past interactions. The second is the few weeks leading up to the murder and the third is the day of the murder as seen by a police officer who arrives on the scene. These alternating storylines do a great job of building tension as we don't know who the murder victim is until the very end. And even then there is more to the story!

Ian is a frustrating character, but in a good way. He is obviously wounded from the things he has seen in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Iraq. We really get a sense of his anguish, mental pain, and love for Maddie.

Maddie is also suffering in her own way. Her friendship with Jo is extremely close in the beginning, but frustrations and jealousies get in the way, pulling them further and further apart. But good women friends always seem to come back together, don't we. Her love for Ian is obvious from the start so why does it take so long for them to be together?

If you like psychological thrillers, this should definitely be on your list. The twists and turns will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime.

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Review Tour:

Monday, March 4th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Tuesday, March 5th: Helen’s Book Blog
Wednesday, March 6th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Thursday, March 7th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, March 8th: Books & Bindings
Monday, March 11th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Tuesday, March 12th: Tar Heel Reader
Wednesday, March 13th: Where the Reader Grows and @wherethereadergrows
Monday, March 18th: The Baking Bookworm
Tuesday, March 19th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, March 20th: She Reads with Cats and @shereadswithcats
Thursday, March 21st: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween
Friday, March 22nd: Audio Killed the Bookmark
Monday, March 25th: @bookishconnoisseur
Tuesday, March 26th: Write Read Life
Wednesday, March 27th: @tbretc
Thursday, March 28th: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamap
Monday, April 1st: @love_my_dane_dolly_
Tuesday, April 2nd: Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, April 3rd: Girl Who Reads
Friday, April 5th: Thoughts on This ‘n That

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